Dalai Lama free to hold religious activities in India: MEA

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. PTI

File photo of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
PTI

The Government on Friday clarified that Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been accorded all freedom to carry out his religious activities in India.

The clarification comes in the wake of reports that appeared in a certain section of the media stating that the Centre had allegedly asked to skip Dalai Lama events, in a bid to mend fences with Beijing.
The Ministry of External Affairs reiterated that New Delhi’s stance on the spiritual leader is “clear and consistent.”

It said the Dalai Lama is a revered religious leader and deeply respected by the people of India. There is no change in that position.

Media reports had stated that in February ….Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had issued an official statement asking to skip all functions of the Dalai Lama, seeking to be an embodiment of India’s commitment to mending ties with China.