China will interfere in the succession of the Dalai Lama: President in exile of Tibet

China will interfere in the succession of the Dalai Lama: President in exile of Tibet

They’ve been preparing for that for the past 15 years,” he said.


China is expected to interfere in the succession of the Dalai Lama, and anticipating that possibility, the Tibetan government in exile has drawn up a plan to democratically transform spiritual leadership.

In an interview with PTI, the President of the Tibetan government-in-exile Penpa Tsering pointed out that the Chinese Communist government appointed a rival, the Panchen Lama in 1995 while a boy was accepted by Germany. The Dalai Lama chose to be the incarnation of the Buddha. Lama has been left out of the public eye, to be expected.

“What happens after the current Dalai Lama is gone is a big challenge for Tibetans, especially if the Sino-Tibetan conflict is not resolved,” he said on Thursday. Three.

“We believe that China will definitely interfere in the succession process of the Dalai Lama… They have been preparing for that for the past 15 years,” he added.

Tsering, who also holds the title of Sikyong, stated that the Chinese government issued a “diktat” in 2007 on the need to participate in the succession of all reincarnated lamas.

“This was done for the purpose of using religion as a political tool… (Even) China should not have any role as well as any other government,” he said.

“They (China) intervened in 1995 when they chose a boy (Gyancain Norbu) to be the Panchen Lama. The boy recognized by the Dalai Lama as a Panchen Lama (Gedhun Choeyi Nyima) was ostracized. swept away and we still have no news of whether he is still alive,” he said.

Nyima has not been seen by any independent observers since May 17, 1995. While the Chinese government claims he lives a “normal” life, Tibetan exiles and groups Human Rights Watch believes he is being held in a “Chinese prison as a prisoner of conscience”. “.

Tibetan Buddhists believe that the soul of a high lama or “living Buddha” after death can be reborn as a “soul boy” and can be found through the interpretation of signs. secret.

“Communist China claims to not believe in religion, but they want to interfere in what is purely a religious function,” regretted Tsering, adding that the Dalai Lama joked that if ” The Chinese government is too concerned with reincarnation, it should study Tibetan Buddhism.”

To prepare the world and Tibetans for the death of the 14th Dalai Lama, a six-point plan was prepared. The foundation of the plan is a democratic transition, says Tsering.

While the role of religious leadership remains with the Dalai Lama, since 2011 the political leadership of the Tibetan community has been vested in either the directly elected Sikyong or the president of the government-in-exile. Tibet. Until then, the interim head of the Tibetan government-in-exile is elected by the ‘Kashag’ or the parliament-in-exile as the ‘Kalon Tripa’ or prime minister with the Dalai Lama as head.

A mass uprising in 1959 against the Chinese who invaded Tibet in 1950, a bloody uprising that killed thousands of civilians, sent the Dalai Lama and many of his followers into exile. fled to India. A year later, the Dalai Lama established a democratically elected parliament.

“The Dalai Lama, influenced by Indian democracy, he first saw during his visit in 1956-57, has prepared us for a democratic future,” said Tsering. The Tibetan leader said the Dalai Lama found that while India’s democratically active Congress allows people to speak freely, China’s highest legislative body of which he is an official where no one could speak his mind, forcing him to apply democracy in running the affairs of Tibetan exiles.

“That’s why I, the son of a farmer, have been able to take on the role of political leadership in Tibet… We will move forward democratically,” he said.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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