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Succession not a serious issue for me: Dalai Lama

November 19, 2010

19 November 2010

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS): Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Friday said China seemed more concerned than him about his successor.

‘Succession is not a serious issue for me. Looks like the Chinese government is more seriously looking for it,’ the Dalai Lama said while answering questions on the sidelines of the HT Leadership Summit in the national capital.

He also said that the continuation of the Dalai Lama as an institution depended on what the Tibetan people wanted.

‘I made it very clear as early as (19)69, if majority of Tibetan people feel that now the Dalai Lama institution is no more needed, we can finish it,’ the spiritual leader said.

The Dalai Lama and his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa (capital of Tibet) in 1959.

He has since headed the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

Some 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile, over 100,000 of them in different parts of India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.
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