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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Protesting Dalai Lama - Shame on the Cabinet

The Cabinet Secretary sent a circular to all Cabinet Minister asking them not to attend a programme of the Dalai Lama as part of its new 'look east' policy I suppose.

Sounds stupid.

The Tibetan issue needs to be resolved if India has to build any serious relationship with China. For India, Tibet is not a mere political asylum or stand like some people (Subramaniam Swamy, et al) have tried to point out. I think there is an organic link with India for Tibet and both cannot run away from it.

Today, the largest Tibetan settlement outside of Tibet is in India, we have their biggest leaders and centres of learning, we teach their students, we revere their monks, we build their monastories, we recruit their people in some of the toughest jobs in our reduce Tibet to a mere political issue with China is to have a poor sense of history and geography.

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