Have no problem even if anyone refers to me as ‘demon’: Dalai Lama

Bomdila, Apr 05: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday downplayed China’s concern over his visit to the North East of India and said that he has no problems even if someone calls him a demon.

“No problem, even if some considers me a demon,” said the Dalai Lama while speaking to the reporters.

Hailing the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the Tibetan government-in-exile yesterday said that China should not have any problem with it as the spiritual leader’s visit is purely religious.

“He has been invited by the people of Tawang to come and give teachings and blessings. He is visiting as a religious leader. He travels all over the world and give teachings on Buddhist philosophy, inter religious harmony and peace. There is no reason for China to protest the Lama visiting to the places where his followers are there,” said Tibetan government-in-exile spokesperson Sonam Dagpo.

He further said, China is not protesting against the Dalai Lama’s visit for the first time.

“He has been visiting Tawang for the last many years. So, you don’t see any kind of Chinese projects coming openly. But may be about five-six years now whenever he is being invited by the people of Tawang, China begins to protest against the Indian Government,” he added.

Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday also warned against any ‘artificial controversy’ being created and asserted that the Dalai Lama’s visit was strictly religious and not political.

On global stage, China has repeatedly warned India that the Dalai Lama’s visit would hit the bilateral ties significantly.

Protesting Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, China had earlier on Friday warned India to avoid damaging bilateral relations between the two nations and adhere to political pledges or else face the consequences.

Meanwhile, the Tibetan spiritual leader, who was set to reach Tawang today, has been forced to change his schedule due to bad weather and will reach Bomdila by evening.

As per schedule, he was set to leave Guwahati by a chopper, but the inclement weather has forced him to travel by road and change his stop to Bomdila, where he will make a public appearance tomorrow.

After staying there for two days, he will proceed to Tawang.

During his visit, the Dalai Lama is also expected to hold a religious discourse at the stadium of Tawang’s Senior Secondary School and will also deliver a public talk on ‘Secular Ethics and Happiness’ at the Kala Wangpo Convention Centre.

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