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.
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.
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.