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India never uses me against China: Dalai Lama

India never uses me against China: Dalai Lama

India Blooms News Service | | 05 Apr 2017, 08:18 pm
Guwahati, Apr 5 (IBNS): While Beijing has opposed Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the Tibetan spiritual leader on Wednesday emphatically said that India has never used him against China.

Dalai Lama urged Beijing to give Tibet meaningful self rule and autonomy.

During his 12-day visit to the North East India starteing from April 1, the Tibetan spiritual leader on Wednesday said at Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh that, he just talks about peace and harmony.

Dalai Lama's remarks came when China alleged that India has arranged his visit to the disrupted part along the north eastern Indo-China border and some Chinese media on Wednesday reported that India used him as a diplomatic leverage against China.

"India has never used me against China. I am just a messenger with ancient Indian thoughts and wherever I go, I only talk about ahingsa, peace and harmony," Dalai Lama said while speaking with media.

"I am a Buddhist and the entire Himalayan region traditionally followed Buddhist dharma," he said.

The Tibetan spiritual leader further said that, he has a special connection with Arunachal Pradesh as his entry point to India in 1959.

"When I first reached India entering through Arunachal Pradesh, I got freedom. India has taken care me. Since 1959, I am staying here as a longest guest. I would like to thank the government of India," he said.

The Tibetan spiritual leader will deliver discourses in Tawang on Apil 8-10.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)