Tibetans banned from staging rally in Delhi


"We welcome that because good bilateral ties between India and China will help the cause of Tibet", said Mr. Dagpo. "It was in exile that he [the Dalai Lama] found freedom thanks to the compassionate underpinning of the hospitality and generosity extended by India and such virtuous offerings have set the foundations for the noble, benevolent and magnanimous work he continues to do for the world at large", Dr. Lobsang Sangay, president of Central Tibetan Administration, organiser of the programme.

On Saturday, the group is to hold a march to commemorate the failed Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule on March 10, 1959, which led to violent crackdowns and the Dalai Lama's exile, network director Lin Hsin-yi (林欣怡) said at a news conference outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.

The event will mark the Tibetan spiritual leader's 60th year in exile in India. But we are guests of India. Officials familiar with the issue believe that the message could have been privately conveyed to the Dalai Lama's office and the government in exile. "We understand the compulsions".

While "Thank You India" event venue has been moved, the Central Tibetan Administration officials say that a decision to move it was being considered even before the newspaper reports regarding the Cabinet Secretary's directive emerged. "But that plan is now being re-worked", reads the quote from the statement issued by Tibetan administration official published in an English vernacular.

The Chinese government considers the Dalai Lama a risky separatist.

Many Tibetan activists are said to have communicated to relevant authorities as the development "humiliated" Dalai Lama. "These are likely to be followed up by additional events in Delhi as well as other states of India".

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On Friday, the Indian Express reported that Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale first wrote to the cabinet secretary pointing to the sensitivity of relations with China. He is a revered religious leader and is deeply respected by the people of India.

The Ministry of External Affairs denied there has been any change in India's position on Tibet and that the Dalai Lama was free to travel and attend programmes across the country.

The government, this view holds, has in any case been very restrained in its engagement with the Dalai Lama.

Observers see this as a change in the position taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government over the past two years.

It is widely speculated that the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh a year ago had provoked Beijing to take diplomatic and military moves that have affected the Indo-China relationship to a great extent. India allows him to pursue his religious activities in the country and to travel overseas. Reportedly, New Delhi is keen on resetting its relationships with Beijing in 2018.