DALAI VISIT CLEARED IGNORING RECENT OBJECTIONS FROM CHINA WHICH PROTESTED THE VISIT OF US ENVOY TO THE BORDER INDIAN STATE
In a significant move, the Narendra Modi government has cleared the visit of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, ignoring usual protests from China in the past.
Reports quoting Indian media said the Dalai Lama will be visiting Arunachal early next year. The invitation was extended on October 9.
According to a report, the visit has been planned to make his followers in Arunachal meet the Tibetan spiritual leader who has been in exile.
“The Dalai Lama has been invited to Arunachal Pradesh for a fortnight-long visit during March 2017, when he is expected to visit Tawang, Itanagar and the eastern districts of the state,” The Hindu reported today.
The newspaper quoted an official as saying there was no specific religious occasion for the visit and that it was planned since the spiritual leader had a special link with the State, especially with Tawang as he came to India through the mountain route of Tawang.
The time of proposed visit announcement assumes much significance as it comes shortly after China expressed annoyance over the recent visit of US envoy to India Richard Verma to Arunachal.
New Delhi responded by saying US envoy’s visit was not unusual as “he visited a province of India to which he was accredited”.