Why was such a noise made about the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh?
He is in exile. But from his utterances it does not appear so. He first fled to Tawang from Tibet in 1959; his attachment to the place is understandable. However, he ought to understand that he should not speak about Indian politics:
“My stand that Tawang is an integral part of India has not changed.”
The report has called it his defence of the host country. In all likelihood this will work as mocking China, not because of the Tibetan issue but the Maoist one. It probably suits the central government’s purpose.
“It’s usual for China to oppose my visit. It’s baseless to say my trip is anti-China. My visit is not political at all”
reeks of politics. Right from the start a statement is being made.
Even more surprising is his stand on Tibetans in India:
“The other reason why I am happy is that the people here take genuine interest in Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist culture. Right from Ladakh to Tawang, Tibetan Buddhism is practised traditionally.”
Buddhism, yes. But Tibetan Buddhism? The Dalai Lama was given a place to set up home with his followers; it is only natural that they will go out for work opportunities. Hasn’t it struck anyone as rather naïve of us to let the Tibetan version spread?
The Tibetan right to a homeland is valid, but the Dalai Lama’s idea of being a travelling salesman to “promote human values, and promote harmony” needs a rain check.
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There’s more here on India and the Dalai Lama’s Middling Path