Tibetans Are Ready To Be A Part Of China: Dalai Lama

| August 10 , 2018 , 19:12 IST

Dalai Lama on Friday said, Tibetans are not asking for independence. We are okay with remaining with the People’s Republic of China, provided we have full rights to preserve our culture.

Spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Friday also apologized for his previous statements in which blamed former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the partition of India and Pakistan. He also thanked Nehru for sheltering the Tibetans who fled from their motherland.

The Tibetan spiritual leader said, “My statement has created controversy, if I have said something wrong I apologize. I had a close relationship with Nehru, who suggested having separate schools to preserve the Tibetan thought. He supported the Tibetans' cause.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Lama while addressing an event, said, ” Mahatma Gandhi wanted to give the prime ministership to (Mohammad Ali) Jinnah. But Nehru refused. He was self-centred. He said, 'I wanted to be Prime Minister'. India and Pakistan would have been united (had Jinnah been made Prime Minister at the time).”  The remarks came during an interaction at the Goa Institute of Management.

The Dalai Lama was the keynote speaker on the subject "Today's Relevance of India's Ancient Knowledge"  made the comment while responding to a question from a student who asked how a person can be sure-footed about his or her decisions and how to avoid committing mistakes in life.

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The event was organized as part of the celebrations of the Goa Institute of Management completing 25 years of existence. The Tibetan spiritual leader also spoke on India's ability to merge its rich traditional knowledge with modern facets of education.