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Dalai Lama Event Shifted To Dharamshala, After Govt Requests Top Officers Not To Attend

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| March 6 , 2018 , 13:01 IST

Tibetan government-in-exile has shifted the venue of its two main events which were to be held in New Delhi. These events were scheduled to take place in the national capital to mark '60 years in exile' of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. Now the events will take place in Dharamshala.

While Tibetan leaders have officially said they ‘understand’ India’s ‘compulsions’, the government has picked sentiments of ‘outrage, hurt and anger’ following the cabinet secretary’s note.

This comes days after the Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale's note, which reportedly requested Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to issue a “classified circular advisory advising all Ministries/Departments of Government of India as well as State Governments not to accept any invitation or to participate in the proposed commemorative events."

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Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Central Tibetan Administration Sonam Dagpo said that they respected the central government’s decision and chose not to share too much information.

However, the Ministry of External Affairs had reportedly said that there was no change in government’s position and stand on Dalai Lama. Ministry stated that Dalai Lama is a revered religious leader and is deeply respected by people of India and accorded all freedom to carry out his religious activities in the country.

The event ‘Thank You India’, which was decided to be held at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex on April 1 in Delhi, is shifted to Dharamsala.

Apart from this an inter-faith prayer, which was to be organised at the Gandhi Samadhi in Rajghat on March 31, has been cancelled, according to the reports.

The Central government had said that it was a “very sensitive time” for Sino-India relationship.

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Last year, Dalai Lama had asserted that Tibet does not seek independence from China but wants greater development. Addressing an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, he had said that both China and Tibet enjoyed a close relationship even as there were a few fights.

China sees Tibet as an integral part of itself and does not recognize the Tibetan government in exile.