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Centre clears Dalai Lamas visit to Arunachal Pradesh

October 29, 2009

www.littleabout.com
October 27, 2009 13:58

New Delhi, Oct 27 - ANI: The Union Government on
Tuesday cleared the Dalai Lamas visit to
Arunachal Pradesh next month, dispelling
speculation over the Tibetan spiritual leaders trip.

The Dalai Lama is expected visit the border state
from November 8. During his visit, he is expected
to visit the Tawang Monastery. He is also
expected to inaugurate a super-specialty hospital.

On October 19, the Arunchal Governments state
reception committee had cleared the Dalai Lamas visit to the state.

It is a purely religious visit and during his
four-day stay at the Tawang monastery, the Dalai
Lama will give sermons to his followers, said T G
Rinpoche chairman of the state reception committee.

The Dalai Lama had recently offered prayers at
Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh for four Tibetan
youths executed by the Chinese Government, for
their alleged role in the 2008 anti-China unrest in Lhasa.

Controversy arose over his visit, when China
raised strong objections to it on grounds of
Arunachal Pradesh being a disputed territory
andthe Dalai Lama being seen as a dissident and renegade leader.

New Delhi retaliated by saying that Arunachal
Pradesh was an integrated part of India and that
it saw the Dalai Lama as an honoured guest of the
Indian Government. This view was conveyed by the
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, when he met
hi Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on the
sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand, last week.

The formal announcement of the visit comes on the
day of a meeting between External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna and his Chinese counterpart
Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the trilateral
Russia, India, China (RIC) meeting in Bangalore.
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