Wednesday, 17 December 2014

There may not be next Dalai Lama.............

LONDON: Exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that he may be the last to hold the title of the most revered spiritual head of the world's Tibetan population. According to him, the seat of the Dalai Lama will go very soon "much like all other man made institutions".

The Dalai Lama has directly said that Britain has failed to pressurise China into becoming a democracy due to financial reasons. In an interview in UK, he has said "Britain's pocket is more or less empty. Hence UK wants a close relationship with China for financial reasons".

Britain has been prodding China to resume talks with the Dalai Lama to sort out their differences over the future of Tibet. However, UK hasn't really taken a strong posture against China's reluctance for dialogue with the spiritual leader.

The Human Rights and Democracy report 2012 said that incidents of self-immolation by Tibetans increased in 2012 with 82 such attempts recorded in mainland China through the year. At least 69 of these incidents resulted in the death of the individual. UK also named China among the 27 countries of concern with serious violation of human rights.

Former foreign minister William Hague said "China has consistently remained a country of concern as far as human rights are concerned with serious violations recorded against Tibetans. Dialogue between the Dalai Lama and China is the best way to address this situation".

The report said "For the second year in succession, there were no talks between the Chinese authorities and representatives of the Dalai Lama. This is the longest gap between talks over the past decade".

The Dalai Lama in the latest interview also urged the international community to encourage democracy in China.

"China very much wants to join the mainstream world economy. They should be welcome, but at the same time the free world has a moral responsibility to bring China into mainstream democracy".

He also said that it would be better that the centuries-old tradition ceased "at the time of a popular Dalai Lama".

The 79-year-old spiritual leader also said he might not have a successor.

He added "Whether there is another Dalai Lama would depend on the circumstances after my death and is up to the Tibetan people. The Dalai Lama institution will cease one day. There is no guarantee that some stupid Dalai Lama won't come next, who will disgrace himself or herself. That would be very sad. So, much better that a centuries-old tradition should cease at the time of a quite popular Dalai Lama".