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Dalai Lama seeks India's help to resolve Tibet issue

November 23, 2008

Times of India
20 Nov 2008, 1730 hrs IST, PTI

DHARAMSHALA -- Underlining that India and the Tibetan region shared
the relationship of a "teacher and disciple", The Dalai Lama today
sought New Delhi's help to resolve the Tibet issue.

"India and Tibet is having the relationship of a 'guru and chela'
(teacher and disciple) and when chela (disciple) is in trouble, the
guru (teacher) must look after him," the Nobel laureate said here.

Asked about his conspicuous absence from the ongoing special meet of
Tibetans from across the globe at Macleodganj to decide the future
course of the Tibetan movement, he said: "I made it clear earlier
that if I attended the meeting I must have made some comments.

"My presence could have hampered the free expression of opinions of
the participants. So I am keeping away from the November 17-22 conclave."

The Tibetan monk is scheduled to speak his mind on the conclave on
November 23 after he receive summary of the opinions expressed by
Tibetans over the future strategy of Tibet movement.

The Dalai Lama, who had fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising
against the Chinese authorities, said he has three commitments.
First, as a human being for the promotion of compassion and love.
Second, as a Buddhist monk to promote religious harmony. "India
should spread the art of religious harmony," he said.

His third commitment, he said, is Tibet which is "complicated."
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