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With Eye On China, Govt Asks Ministries And Top Officials Not To Attend Dalai Lama Events

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| March 2 , 2018 , 10:18 IST

In an attempt to mend ties with China, especially after the Doklam standoff, the Government of India seems to be ready to go an extra mile. In what could come as a surprise, the Government has asked leaders and all Government functionaries not to attend the events organised by the Tibetian Government in Exile in the next two months as per a report published in the Indian Express.

The report states that a directive regarding the same was sent from Cabinet Secretary P.K Sinha to secretaries and heads of government departments asking them to ensure appropriate action.

The directive specifically mentions the “Thank You India” event being organised in Delhi. It reads,“We understand that this includes a large public event titled ‘Thank You India’ being organised at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi on 1 April, 2018. The Dalai Lama set-up also intends to invite a number of Indian dignitaries. These are likely to be followed up by additional events in Delhi as well as other States of India.”

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had sent a note to the Cabinet Secretary requesting him to “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”.

“The proposed period will be a very sensitive time in the context of India’s relations with China. Participation by senior leaders or government functionaries, either from the Central Government or State Governments, is not desirable, and should be discouraged,” Gokhale wrote to the Cabinet Secretary.

Gokhale has previously served as the Indian Ambassador to China. He was on an official visit to Beijing from Feb 23-24 for diplomatic consultations with senior Chinese officials.

A press release from the Indian Embassy in Beijing states that the two sides during the meet noted the need to build on the convergences between India and China and address differences on the basis of mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s concerns, interests, and aspirations.