Dalai Lama justifies staying
away from Tibetan meet
By Jaideep Sarin
(Himachal Pradesh), Nov 20 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader,
the Dalai Lama, Thursday said that he was deliberately keeping
away from the biggest meeting of Tibetan leaders here as he
did not want to influence their discussions.
have made it very clear that it is now up to the Tibetans.
If I mention something then that may have hampered their free
expression. Therefore, for the time being, I decided to remain
complete silent," the 1989 Nobel Peace prize winner told
reporters here on the sidelines of a function.
Nov 17-22 meeting of top Tibetan leaders has attracted nearly
600 delegates from all over the world. The meeting was called
by the exiled Tibetan Parliament at the instance of the Dalai
Lama to discuss and give suggestions for the future course
to be adopted for the struggle for Tibet.
the Dalai Lama can meet delegates of the meeting at a special
sitting here Sunday.
the ministers of the exiled Tibetan government here, which
is not recognised by any nation, had also wanted that they
be excused from attending sessions of the meeting as participants
could get influenced by their pro-government views. However,
the ministers were told to participate in the meeting and
give their views independently.
Tibetan leader told a gathering here that the Tibet issue
was a complicated one. He said that India should help in resolving
and Tibet is having the relationship of a 'guru and chela'
(teacher and disciple) and when chela is in trouble, the guru
must look after him," the Dalai Lama said.
refused to say anything on the relations of the exiled government
with China. "No comments," he said when asked about
eighth round of talks between China and the exiled Tibetan
government failed earlier November after the Chinese side
rejected a memorandum submitted by the exiled government seeking
autonomy for Tibet under Chinese rule.