The 14th Dalai Lama has sparked off a series of controversies with his spiritual visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the first in this decade.
The Dalai Lama is on an over-a-week-long tour to the northeast, but China has raised serious objections to his visit to Arunachal's Tawang district in particular.
The spiritual leader has not just taken potshots at Chinese communists for their 'hypocritical' jibe at him, but even invited Chinese representatives to come and see the work he is doing here in India.
AM A STUDENT OF NALANDA TRADITION: DALAI LAMA
He said, "I am a student of the Nalanda tradition and use logic for everything. My visit to India's northeast is purely spiritual and religious. This is a non-political issue and the Chinese representatives should come here and see the work we are doing."
The Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal is being closely watched by Beijing and he too knows this. India and China are two big Asian nations.
Citing the example of the benefits and the assistance given to pilgrims here, he also has a proposal to make. "Historically, China is a Buddhist country and a follower of the Nalanda tradition. So I suggest that the concerned Indian officials see to it that specific arrangements are made to facilitate convenient travel of Chinese Buddhists to India. Buddhists have been living in China for more than 400 million years. Such arrangements will help Chinese Buddhists come for pilgrimage to India and see many sacred places."
DALAI LAMA CALLS CHINA AN AUTHORITARIAN COUNTRY
Calling China an authoritarian country, he advocated major changes in the country's judicial system. "Freedom of speech will be there. There can be more exposure also. I say that as many as 1.3 billion Chinese people have every right to know the reality and once they come to know what the truth is, they will be able to judge right from wrong. Even the censorship of media is a very harmful and regressive step. China's judiciary should also upgrade itself to an international level. I met a lot of peasants who were very poor. The local leader and people are only busy minting money for themselves and are not concerned about the condition of the farmers."
The Dalai Lama's message of spreading peace has reached millions of people and some of them happen to be in China as well.
He said, "Many Chinese Buddhists, mostly from the mainland, come to see me in tears. In most cases, they ask me not to forget them and invite me to China, and of course Tibet. I tell them as soon as the Chinese government starts showing some positivity towards me, I am ready to come. In the present circumstances, if I go there, I will be chained."