The ‘longest guest of India’, the exiled guru of Tibet, Dalai Lama has set off for a 13 days visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh brushing aside repeated warnings from China.
Dalai Lama has been residing in Himachal Pradesh since 1959, after India received him as a refugee. China has registered its concern over Lama’s visit to the north-east states and has warned India that it might take a toll on its bilateral relations. Rejecting China’s warning, Kiran Rijuju, the Union Mister of India has asked China not to interfere in India’s internal affairs.
Dalai Lamai, who arrived in Guwahati on Saturday, while addressing people, recalled how in 1959 he literally waited on the Indo-China border until India declared its consent to receive him as a refugee. Since then Lama has been staying in India. In his talk at a ceremonial function, he empathized that how the problems in the 21st century have to be resolved through dialogue unlike the 20th century which is known as the ‘century of violence’. In the talk, when asked about China’s approach and its warning to India, he termed it as a ‘normal’ happening and said he is here respecting public’s wish.
Dalai Lama will be addressing more ceremonies in Guwahati, followed by a lecture in Dibrugarh, after which he will be leaving for a 9 day tour to Arunachal Pradesh. One of the important events in his tour is the consecration of a Buddha temple which is on the India-China-Bhutan border. He is also attending few religious gatherings in Dirang, Bomdila, Itanagar and Tawang region after which he ends his trip on April 12 leaving back to Himachal Pradesh.
His journey also includes his stay in Tawang region, the place which China claims as its own territory. Just 25 kms from Lama’s camp, is the location of McMahon line, an imaginary boundary between the two nations.