The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, said on Thursday September 22 that he would rather die in India, a free and open democracy. During a two-day dialogue with youth leaders at his residence in Dharamshala, the Dalai Lama said he would like to breathe his last surrounded by the genuine and loving people of India, rather than among leaders “artificial” Chinese.
The interaction was organized by the American Institute for Peace (USIP) in Dharamshala, a city in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
The Dalai Lama said: “I told the former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh…I told him when…of course I will live another 15 to 20 years…there is no doubt about it. But, when I die, I prefer in India. He is surrounded by people who really show you love. Not something artificial. If I (am) dying surrounded by (by) these Chinese officials… too contrived. So, I much prefer to die (in) this country…free…democratic…open.
Each year, the Dalai Lama interacts with 28 USIP young leaders from countries in conflict. The Tibetan spiritual leader encourages them to establish peace and stability there.
Earlier, in March 2019, the Dalai Lama said it was possible that once dead, his incarnation could be found in India, where he lived in exile for 60 years.
He also warned that any other successor appointed by China would not be respected around the world. But China, on the other hand, says the Dalai Lama is a dangerous separatist, who rules Tibet with a tough grip. Beijing also does not allow public display of photos of the Dalai Lama, and any public display of devotion to him is also prohibited.