Dalai Lama meets Baba Amte
By VIVEK DESHPANDE
WARORA, JANUARY 9: Tibetan leader and Nobel laureate Dalai Lama today said that seeking a ‘‘middle path’’ would lead to a peaceful resolution of the Ayodhya issue.
‘‘I don’t have much to add to my statement, which I made yesterday in Delhi. I feel sad about the problem. It has got politicised. As a government guest, earlier I was hesitant to speak my mind, but some of my Buddhist friends have taken an initiative in this regard. So, I feel the middle approach is the best bet,’’ he said. The Dalai Lama, who visited social activist Baba Amte, said a court verdict could lead to the impression that the other side has been discriminated against and it would be advisable to work out a solution through dialogue.
‘‘On the Tibet issue too, I have taken the middle path. I don’t want independence or separation from China,’’ he said. ‘‘Some Tibetans, especially the youth, are opposed to this stand. But improving relations with China is important. China is the most populated country with a long history and an important member of the world community. It’s good that India’s relations with China are also improving,’’ he said.
‘‘Chinese intellectuals and leaders are supporting the Tibetan cause and taking interest in it,’’ he said.