Beijing’s bid to name my successor to undermine the Tibetans’ cause is nonsense :Dalai Lama

GUWAHATI :The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama today criticised China for making a bid to name his successor.

“Beijing’s bid to name my successor to undermine the Tibetans’ cause is nonsense,” he said while talking to reporters here. Dalai Lama said,“As early as 1969, I had said the Tibetan people would decide if the institution of Dalai Lama should continue or not. If this institution is no longer relevant, it should stop,”.

He  said. “Nobody knows who or where the next Dalai Lama will be born or come from. Some indication (about his reincarnation) might come at the time of my death, but now there is no such indication,” he said. He, however, did not rule out the possibility of the next Dalai Lama being a woman.

On whether his visit to Tawang, a place Beijing claims to be its own, will affect Indo-China ties, he said, “We will have to wait and see. But it is normal for China to give political colour to my spiritual visits.” The Nobel laureate said, “I wish Chinese officials accompanied me during my visits to find out if I am doing or saying anything against them.”

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