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I'm looking forward to retirement: Dalai Lama

January 21, 2008

PTI

Friday, January 18, 2008 21:19 IST

AHMEDABAD: Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel laureate Dalai Lama on
Friday said he was 'looking forward to complete retirement' from
political and administrative matters.

"I am already semi-retired," Dalai Lama said during his lecture on
"Ethics and Business" at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad
(IIM-A).

"Since 2001 we already have an elected political leadership and since
then my position is semi-retired," he said, adding, "I am looking
forward to complete retirement from all political and administrative
matters."

However, Dalai Lama said he will continue to fight for the "Tibetan
cause till his death".

"This is Tibetan flesh," he said pointing to himself. "So it is my moral
responsibility to serve to Tibetan people, culture and environment.

"I'll carry on to fight for the Tibetan cause till my death."

Asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent visit to China and
the increasing closeness in the relationship between two sides having
its effect on the Tibetan cause, he said, "India and China are the two
most populous nations so good relations are necessary for peace in this
continent."

"Both the countries have nuclear weapons and over two billion people, so
friendship on the basis of trust is very essential," he said.

"We should have minimal autonomy to safeguard and preserve Tibet's
unique culture, heritage and environment," he said.
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