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Indian being "over-cautious" on Tibet: Dalai

November 24, 2008

Press Trust of India
November 23, 2008
       
Dharamshala, Nov 23 (PTI) --India has been taking an "over-cautious"
view on Tibet, the Dalai Lama today said while seeking New Delhi's
help to resolve the vexed issue.

"In 1959-60, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru took personal interest in
Tibet.... Of late New Delhi's view about Tibetan issue has been
over-cautious," the 73-year-old spiritual leader told reporters here.

Emphasising the strong bond between India and the Tibetans, the Dalai
Lama sought New Delhi's help for resolving the Tibet issue lingering
for nearly 50 years.

The Tibetan monk though was non-committal on future talks with the
Chinese authorities said "dialogue with Chinese people would continue".

China, which has held eight rounds of fruitless talks with the Dalai
Lama's envoys, accuses him of trying to split the country in the
guise of seeking "genuine autonomy" for Tibet in its frequent
vitriolic attacks on the Tibetan leader.

In what may irk Beijing further, the Dalai Lama voiced support for
the democratic movements in China.

"I agree with Chinese democratic movement. If any democratic
organisation there calls me I will come for meeting," he said while
replying to questions.

The Dalai Lama accused Chinese authorities of spreading "rumours" about him.

"Chinese say Dalai Lama is suffering from Hepatitis B. Earlier they
used to say I am suffering from cancer and will die soon. They are
free to come and check," he said.

"In the next 20 years, if we are not careful in our actions and
planning, then there is great danger to the Tibetan community," he
said later addressing the exiles who had gathered for a crucial
conclave which said that Tibetans may have to rethink his "middle
way" approach and force to demand full independence if there is no result. PTI

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