Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

India bans Tibetans from Delhi rally

India bans Tibetans from Delhi rally

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

"His Holiness is not expected to be in Delhi on March 31, and therefore the inter-religious event planned at the Gandhi memorial will not be held", Sonam Norbu Dagpo, Secretary of International Relations in the Department of Information and International Relations of the "Tibetan government-in exile", had told The Hindu.

Earlier in February, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had reportedly issued an official statement asking to skip all functions of the Dalai Lama, seeking to be an embodiment of India's commitment to mending ties with China.

This comes days after there was a report which stated that the central Indian government had allegedly asked senior leaders and officials not to attend any event that would mark 60 years in exile of the Dalai Lama.

He said that the Thyagaraj stadium event has been shifted here now and the inter-faith prayer at Rajghat has been cancelled for now. "And the inter-faith prayer at Rajghat has been cancelled for now".

Tibet was invaded by China in 1949 and fell under Chinese rule in 1951 after the defeated Tibetan government signed the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with Beijing, Lim said.

Dagpa also added that there has been no communication from the Indian government to the Tibetan administration on this issue. Write to us in the Comments Section or on our Facebook page. "Participation by senior leaders or government functionaries, either from the Central Government or State Governments, is not desirable, and should be discouraged".

Both the events were part of a planned yearlong celebration in India that was announced by the Tibetan political leader Lobsang Sangay in a January press conference in Delhi. His advice had come last month a day before went to Beijing to hold talks with China's Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, Foreign Minister Wang and State Councillor Yang Jiech. The 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, MEA said, as per ANI report. The MEA said that India's position on the Dalai Lama was clear and consistent. Many believe that the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh from April 4 to 12 past year had provoked Beijing to take diplomatic and military moves that impacted the relationship adversely through much of 2017, notes Indian Express (IE) in its report.

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