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  • The Dalai Lama and Tibet’s Future

    In an ominous way the Dalai Lama recently threatened to terminate the over 400-year-old spiritual lineage of his position, saying that Tibetans no longer require the authority of the Dalai Lama and it would be a shame if a ‘weak’ person succeeded him.

    In 2011, he also gave up his political authority in favour of an elected leader among Tibetans living in exile. Seemingly, the motive for these measures was to forestall any alternative plan by Beijing to appoint a successor after him and challenge the authority of such an appointment if Beijing does so.

    July 2016

    Dalai Lama Central to Resolution of the Tibet Issue

    Since June 2013, there has been a spate of activity on the Tibet controversy. Sparking it off was the interview of Professor Jin Wei1 from the Central Party School in Asian Weekly2 on June 6, entitled ‘Reopen Talks and Resolve Tibetan Issues’, in which she advocated engaging the Dalai Lama rather than demonising him. Soon after, the International Campaign of Tibet reported that China had lifted the 17-year ban on the display of Dalai Lama portraits in Sichuan and Qinghai.

    January 2014

    Reincarnation Under Stress: The Dalai Lama's Succession and India–China Relations

    The article seeks to assess the evolution of the Tibet question against the backdrop of the problems associated with the succession of the Dalai Lama. It also discusses the implications of all this for India and provides policy recommendations the Indian authorities could use to deal with this situation.

    July 2013

    Decoding the Dalai Lama’s Political Retirement

    By devolving political functions to an elected leader, the Dalai Lama is guaranteeing the self-sustainability of the Tibet Movement.

    March 14, 2011

    As China prepares for post-Dalai Lama Tibet, what is India to do with the Tibetan Exiles?

    While China has shown eagerness for the Dalai Lama’s return to China, it has categorically refused to take back the exiled Tibetan population based in India.

    March 25, 2010

    The 51st Anniversary of the Tibetan Struggle: What is the future?

    China has to accept that the long term solution to Tibetan discontent lies in granting greater autonomy to Tibetans instead of pursuing assimilation oriented policies.

    March 12, 2010

    The new government in Berlin

    On the eve of the formation of the new government it is expected that Germany would mainly devote its energy at home as the mandate is for continuity in the time of economic recession. No spectacular point-of-departure in foreign policy can hence be expected from Berlin.

    October 31, 2009

    11th Panchen Lama: Tibet has made progress since abolition of serfdom; Peoples Daily critical of the idea of “greater Tibet” as proposed by the 14th Dalai Lama; Military exercises between China and Pakistan conclude;

    March 2009

    The 11th Panchen Lama, Gyaincain Norbu, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Democratic Reforms in Tibet stated that the Tibetan people could achieve progress only under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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