Don't create any artificial controversy over Dalai Lama's visit

Don't create any artificial controversy over Dalai Lama's visit

Don't create any artificial controversy over Dalai Lama's visit

The Dalai Lama, who is on a visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, will spend a week in Arunachal (April 4 to April 10).

This was a nod to issues that have plagued bilateral ties since past year: China blocking the listing of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist by the United Nations, stalling India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and going ahead with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor despite New Delhi's sensitivity over a few projects under it being built in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The Dalai Lama is also expected to meet Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is an elected MP from Arunachal West parliamentary constituency.

Asserting that India wants good relation with China, Rijiju said, "India never interferes into the internal affairs of China and We expect that China also should not interfere in our internal matter".

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Due to severe weather conditions in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's schedule for his upcoming visit to Arunachal Pradesh has been affected.

"When Dalai Lamaji is in Arunachal Pradesh, he will be confined only to religious matters".

The Dalai Lama had visited Arunachal Pradesh in 1983, 1996, 1997, 2003 (twice) and 2009, in addition to the ongoing tour.

The paper quoted an unnamed expert as saying "this is not the first time India has used the Dalai Lama to express its displeasure to China". The Dalai Lama will hold religious discourse with devotees in Tawang, Bomdial and other areas.

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"The Chinese government is resolutely opposed to any country's support and facilitation for the 14th Dalai group's anti-China separatist activities", read the statement without alluding directly to India.

Mr. Rijiju represents Arunachal Pradesh in the Lok Sabha and is a practising Buddhist. China has, once again, protested his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which it considers a disputed territory. He also hoped that with talks on boundary dispute between New Delhi and Beijing going on, people of Arunachal Pradesh are expecting that the issue would be soon resolved. Further, India has pointed out the Dalai Lama had visited Tawang previously. "Traditional border trading points along the McMahon Line has stopped".

Rijiju said the Arunachal Pradesh government has accorded state guest honour to the Dalai Lama and making arrangements for his stay there. "If there is another Dalai Lama reincarnated outside China, where they have no control, even if they go ahead and announce one of their own, the Tibetan people will not accept him", he said. "We are a free country, we can not restrict flow of religious leaders", Rijiju said.

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