"I think that's important. In any case in 21st century pretensions or lies cannot work," the Dalai Lama told reporters on the sidelines of a weeklong mediation camp in New Delhi on Thursday. The Dalai Lama also urged fellow countrymen to adopt non-violent means in their struggle. He also advocated a middle-way-path, which is regarded by many as a 'pragmatic political approach' that meets with the demands of the Tibetans of gaining greater autonomy as well as respecting the territorial integrity of China. China had accused the Dalai Lama of orchestrating the rash of monk-led protests and rioting - the most serious in the Himalayan region for nearly two decades - in a bid to wreck the August 8-24 Beijing Olympic Games. The Chinese authorities are keen to stamp out the unrest quickly and restore stability before the Olympics.
However, the Dalai Lama had denied that he masterminded the recent protests in Lhasa. Meanwhile, countering the Beijing Olympics slogan of 'One World, One Dream', the Tibetan exiles are all set to host an 'Olympic' event of their own with the slogan 'One World, Many Dreams' in Dharamsala.
The 'Tibetan Olympics', scheduled for May 15-25, is an initiative by the Tibetans-in-exile to offer a platform to their fellow citizens to speak out and draw international attention towards China's continued abuse of human rights in Tibet.