"We are not seeking independence for our own interest. Every Tibetan wants Tibet to modernise. Therefore as far as material development is concerned, we get greater benefit Tibet remains within People Republic of China. That's our thinking provided we should have meaningful autonomy," the Dalai Lama said while addressing students of Indian Institute of Management (IIM). The Dalai Lama also said he is fighting for the wholesome interest of Tibet, which vests in a modern and realistic autonomous Tibet.
The Dalai Lama set up his seat of power in Dharamsala after he and his followers had fled to India in 1959, following a failed uprising against Chinese occupation of Tibet.
The Dalai Lama now says he has accepted Chinese sovereignty over Tibet, but wants greater autonomy, not independence, for his predominantly Buddhist homeland. Beijing considered him a separatist and accused him of continuing to promote Tibetan independence.
The Dalai Lama is still revered by most Tibetans inside the Himalayan region despite repeated campaigns to stamp out loyalty to him.