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Centre allows Dalai Lama to visit China border

July 21, 2010

Ajay Bharadwaj
DNA India
July 20, 2010

Chandigarh -- The Centre has allowed the Dalai Lama to visit forward
areas in Ladakh bordering China for religious functions later this week.

"The Dalai Lama is reaching the Nubra valley in Kargilon July 21. He
will stay there for a week during which he will bless followers and
attend religious functions at different monasteries," Tenzin Taklha,
joint secretary at the Dalai Lama's office, said.

The government had on July 11 warned the Dalai Lama against going
overboard with China-bashing.

Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao had called on the Dalai Lama and
Somdang Rinpoche, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile,
in Dharamsala recently and apprised them of the ongoing Sino-India
talks at various levels. She had suggested that the Tibetan leaders
exercise restraint in making "observations about China", so that
Sino-Indian relations are not affected.

The Centre had also denied permission to the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
Ogyen Trinley Dorjee and aides to travel to the US. The
Dharamsala-based Karmapa, the young head of the Kagyu tradition of
Tibetan Buddhism, was scheduled to leave for the US on a two-week
religious tour on the invitation of Karma Triyana Dharamchakra Centre
in Woodstock, New York.

The government's denial of permission has upset his followers. "We
fail to understand why restrictions were imposed on his movement as
the tour was purely religious. The government has also not cited any
reason for declining permission," Gonpo Tsering said.

Karmapa had entered India to reach Dharamsala in January 2001 after
crossing the highest Himalayan passes in the midst of winter when he
was 15. He is the only Tibetan religious personality who is
recognised both by the Dalai Lama and China.
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