Dalai Lama pessimistic on new Chinese leadership's stance on Tibet

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 06:40 hrs

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has expressed pessimism over China and its leadership changing its stance on Tibet.

The Dalai Lama contended that China's past rulers have fallen back on their promises and adopted repressive policies in his homeland

"At this moment, it is too early to say definite. Individuals- now new leadership, younger age and also many his friends say that he is more open-minded but system is such that one or two individual cannot do much, so better to wait another six months, or a year or two (sic) like that," said the Dalai Lama.

Currently, the Tibetan spiritual head is on a brief tour of southern India.

In Karnataka there are a couple of settlement camps of exiled Tibetan refugee families such as the ones at Bylakuppe near Hunsur, Kollegal and Gurupura in Mysore district and Mudgod in North Kanara district.

To a poser for his views on the change in the leadership of Chinese Communist Party, the Dalai Lama said it would be better to wait and watch as to how the new team in Beijing would address the struggle of the Tibetans for liberation of their homeland.

The Tibetan government in-exile that functions from Dharamsala in the north Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh has already appealed to international organisations to urge China to give up its repressive policies.

The new leadership will have to quickly get down to business to address several pressing issues - and the Tibetan unrest might not be the top of the agenda - but Tibetan exiles warned that if the situation is left to simmer then it could become a major headache for the new leaders.

The United Nations most senior official overseeing human rights had called on China to address frustrations that have led to Tibetans desperate protests, including more than 70 self-immolations since March 2011.

China has refused, and continues to blocks foreign journalists from visiting the region.

Beijing has set up roadblocks to some Tibetan areas where there has been unrest.

Tensions over Tibet are at their highest in years after a spate of protests over Chinese rule and self-immolations by Tibetan activists, which have prompted a Chinese security crackdown.

On its part, the Chinese rulers have rejected criticism that Beijing is eroding Tibetan culture and faith. In contrast, they have contended that they have ended serfdom and brought development to a backward region.

China has ruled Tibet since 1950, when Communist troops marched in and announced its 'peaceful liberation'.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising, has accused China of 'cultural genocide'.

Beijing considers him a separatist and does not trust his insistence that he only wants greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.

Beijing denounces the self-immolations as acts by terrorists and criminals.

Commenting on the Pakistani militants attack on Mumbai in 2008 and the hanging of the Ajmal Kasab, the lone militant who was trapped, the Dalai Lama said that attacks like these are the results of immense hatred, which the mankind must eradicate.

"Now, these are simply results of hatred. Hatred is just opposite of compassion, sense of concern of others well-being. Hatred is to wanting to harm them, want to defeat them, so that is the source of problem. That (is) also very much related with esteemed self-centred attitude; that self-centred attitude is actually foolish. I have been always saying that we are selfish, so we should be wise selfish rather than foolish selfish (sic)," said the Dalai Lama.

Preaching on the lessons of peace, trust, faith and harmony at almost every sermon, he had been reiterating that one must practice less of self-centred attitude. (ANI)

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