Dalai Lama’s Tawang visit postponed by 2 days, India tells China not to interfere

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dalai-lamaThe Dalai Lama began his visit to Arunachal Pradesh on April 4, ignoring the protests from China. Cheering crowds greeted the spiritual leader as he arrived at Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is on a weeklong visit to North-East India, had reached Assam on April 1. Due to bad weather, his visit to Tawang has been postponed by 2 days.

The spiritual leader will give a teaching and confer a White Tara Long Life Empowerment in Bomdila.

China had warned last month of “severe damage” to relations with India and increased regional instability if the Dalai Lama proceeded with his trip.

“Arunachal Pradesh is an inseparable part of India and China should not object to the Dalai Lama’s visit and interfere in India’s internal affairs,” said Indian Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju.  “There may be some differences of opinion between India and China over the boundary. But China has no locus standi over Arunachal Pradesh,” Rijiju said.

“India has never interfered in internal affairs of China. We never questioned their sovereignty. We respected their ‘One China’ policy. So we expect China to respect our sovereignty. We are a free country, we cannot restrict flow of religious leaders,” the minister added.

Meanwhile, mountain climber Anshu Jamsenpa took Dalai Lama’s blessings to scale Mount Everest, she has already summited the mountain thrice.

The Dalai Lama had earlier visited Arunachal in 2009.  He had passed also through Tawang on his way from Lhasa in Tibet to India while fleeing from Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.