Archbishop Desmond Tutu arrived at Dharmshala in Himachal on April 18 to be with HH the Dalai Lama to do a book together since the latter was not permitted to go to South Africa (SA) by the SA government. Archbishop Tutu (83) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
Archbishop Tutu was received by HH the Dalai Lama at on the Archbishop's arrival at Kangara Airport. They will be together do a book on "Joy" in Dharmshala, the headquarters of Tibetan Government in Exile. It being expected that two Nobel Peace Prize Winners will collaborately put together a book to show the humanity the path of joy and peace. Archbishop Tutu has the rich experience of doing books of his speeches and sayings.
Since his retirement, Archbishop Tutu has worked as a global activist on issues pertaining to democracy, freedom and human rights. Presently, he is the patron of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in SA.
Being a social-reformist religious leader Archbishop Tutu had been advocating religion as a righteous way to life rather than gain power. He has once remarked, "When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land."
He had even hit at the white people in power in SA saying, "I've never doubted that apartheid - because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil - was going to bite the dust eventually." And, it did happen under the leadership of Nelson Mandela who believed in non-violence and reconciliation.
Archbishop Tutu has campaigned against social evils, discrimination, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. He has received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism; the Pacem in Terris Award; the Sydney Peace Prize; the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.