By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, APR. 11: The latest episode in the tryst between the Dalai Lama and Tawang concluded ceremoniously as thousands carrying the traditional white scarf waved as the Mi-17 helicopter carrying the Tibetan leader flew away from Tawang this morning after a successful trip to the North-East India.
“Everything has turned out well,” the words of the soon to be 82 year old himself summed up the trip that was otherwise precariously monitored and spoken on by China as a breach on its sovereignty and an intentional diplomatic hash by India.
Concluding the 12 day trip that culminated in Tawang, the egalitarian Tibetan leader told followers he will come back. “Everything has gone well because of your faith and devotion—thank you. Be happy and take it easy. Of course, it’s in the nature of samsara that things can go wrong, but when they do, look at them from a wider perspective and they won’t seem so bad. We’ll see each other again,” the Dalai Lama said. Days earlier, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu, a Buddhist himself, requested the Tibetan leader to bestow a Kalachakra initiation, the foremost Buddhist teachings in Tawang.
On Monday, the last day in Tawang, the Buddhist leader gave an empowerment to the largely Buddhist population who in turn offered a long life offering to the Dalai Lama. In his public talk at Tawang monastery where he stayed after coming into exile in 1959, he spoke on how to create inner peace through study of Buddhist teachings.
The Dalai Lama’s itinerary in North-East India especially drew more censure from Beijing, partly because he visited Tawang which is claimed as their own as a part of occupied ‘Southern Tibet’ but also because the ruling Indian government under PM Modi has been proactive which the Tibetan PM Lobsang Sangay described as ‘closed door to open door’.
Sangay, in a TV interview, recently said that the interactions between the Indian government and the Dalai Lama“are a clear signs where things that are happening behind closed doors before are now being done in the open. So in that sense, the current (Indian) government is letting the facts out, to be seen by the public. Otherwise these things have happened in the past. Although the exile Tibetan PM as well as the Dalai Lama himself portrayed a uniform front saying the visit was a religious commitment.
“I wish and want a Chinese official to visit here and observe what my activities are, which are 100 percent non-political,” the Dalai Lama told reporters in Dirang on April 6.
Beijing’s frequent criticism this past fortnight with regards to the Dalai Lama were rallied along the lines of New Delhi using the Tibetan leader as a bargaining chip in the volatile Sino-India relations and that the same could risk deterioration and even invite retaliatory measures in the days to come.
The octogenarian Tibetan leader arrived in New Delhi today.