India asks China not to interfere in Lama’s Tawang visit

RSTV Bureau

Amid persistent Chinese objections to the Dalai Lama’s trip to Arunachal Pradesh, India said on Tuesday that no “artificial controversy” should be created around the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit.

Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalali Lama is visiting the China Border state eight years after his last visit.

 Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama being welcomed by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on his arrival at Guwahati airport Photo-PTi

Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama being welcomed by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on his arrival at Guwahati airport
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External Affairs Ministry also asserted that the government has clearly stated on several occasions that the Dalai Lama is a revered religious leader, who is deeply respected by the Indian people.

“No additional colour should be ascribed to his religious and spiritual activities and visits to various states of India,” the Ministry said in a release.

The government, therefore, urges that no “artificial controversy” should be created around his present visit to Arunachal Pradesh, it said.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama with Naren Chandra Das, a retired havildar of 5 Assam Rifles during Namami Brahmaputra festival in Guwahati on Sunday. Das is a lone survivor of the seven Indian personnel who received Dalai Lama on the Indian soil when he escaped from Tibet in 1959.  Photo- PTI

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama with Naren Chandra Das, a retired havildar of 5 Assam Rifles during Namami Brahmaputra festival in Guwahati on Sunday. Das is a lone survivor of the seven Indian personnel who received Dalai Lama on the Indian soil when he escaped from Tibet in 1959.
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The Dalai Lama’s four-day visit is part of his 12-day trip to the northeast. As an official guest of the Arunachal government, he will arrive in Lumla on Tuesday morning by helicopter from Guwahati. After attending a public reception followed by the consecration of the Dolma Lhakhang, a new Tibetan temple, he will board the helicopter again for the 10-minute flight to Tawang.

A wary China has kept a close watch ahead of the Dalai Lama’s visit, starting today.

Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had warned India that the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as part of Tibet, will cause “serious damage” to bilateral ties.