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'I may be the last Dalai Lama'

November 26, 2008

If the youth do not have faith in it, I can be last Dalai Lama. The
institution of Dalai Lama can be discontinued, said the Tibetan
spiritual guru. Some youth organisations were against the passive
role, though the Dalai Lama favoured his middle path.
CJ: Nivedita
November 25, 2008

VISIBLY UPSET over the rejection of his middle-way approach by
certain Tibetan youth organisations, the Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama has said that he could be last the Dalai Lama. The Dalai
Lama indicated that he could name the next Dalai Lama within his life
time or he could be elected. The reaction of the Dalai Lama seems to
have come after certain youth organisations of Tibetans living in
exile opined that the Tibetans-in-exile should come forward to take
decisions, rather than playing a passive role.

Dalai Lama was in a press conference at his main temple at McLeodganj
near Dharmshala.

The Dalai Lama said, "I have been fighting for the restoration of
democracy in Tibet ever since I regained conscience. Since I strongly
believe in the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, I have advocated the
middle-way approach." He, however, admitted that the middle-way
approach had not yielded any result due to which the youth were
getting frustrated. He said the Tibetan people could even elect a
woman as the Dalai Lama. "Any society can progress only if it gives
equal rights to women. So, the Tibetan society can also have a female
Dalai Lama," he added."I am already 73-year-old and my role is
limited to a senior adviser to the Tibetans," he added.

The Dalai Lama said though most of the participants had supported his
middle-way approach during the conclave, some youth organisations had
called for complete freedom. "If the youth do not have faith in it, I
can be last Dalai Lama. The institution of Dalai Lama can be
discontinued," he added.

Reacting to rejection of the memorandum of autonomy for Tibet by
China in the eighth round of talks held early this month, he said the
issue of Tibet was related to peace in Asia. He thanked Indians for
empathy with Tibetans living in exile. He said peace between India
and China was also related to Tibet as it was the buffer zone. "I
have tried hard for autonomy for Tibet under the Chinese sovereignty
treading the path of peace. However, it is unfortunate that it has
not yielded any result," he said.

Responding to a question from a Chinese journalist, the Dalai Lama
said he was in favour of democracy in China. "I can go to any extent
for restoration of democracy in Tibet," he added. When asked if the
Dalai Lama would send his envoys to Tibet, he said anything regarding
the matter could only be said after about a month. After the recent
conclave, another meeting of friendly countries of Tibet could be
held in which some concrete proposals could come forward. The
movement for the rights of Tibetans would continue.

The Prime Minister of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile and other
Tibetan functionaries were present on the occasion
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