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A mellowed Dalai Lama looks back, says better part of his life spent in India

January 24, 2008

The Cheers
2008-01-22


His efforts towards reconciliation with China stonewalled, Tibetan
spiritual leader Dalai Lama has looked back in time, saying the better
part of his life has been spent in India.

Interacting with Delhi University students on ethics and values in human
life, the Dalai Lama, in a sentimental mood, said India has offered him
much beyond refuge.

"At the age of 16, I lost freedom, at the age 24, I lost my own country,
now 73, a major portion of my life spent in this country. So
theoretically, not only spiritually but physically, I am Indian," he said.

The Dalai Lama had fled into exile in 1959 following a failed uprising
against Chinese rule.

He has set up his seat of power in Dharamsala, which is regarded as the
hub of Tibetan culture. (ANI)
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