Mukherjee's comments assume significance in the light of protests in Dharamshala and other places in India. The government is trying to build closer ties with China and repair decades of mistrust dating back to a 1962 border war. Analysts said the message was aimed more at China than the Dalai Lama. New Delhi has tried to reassure Bejing that security will be tight for the Olympics torch during the Indian leg of its relay. The country's football captain, Bhaichung Bhutia, a Buddhist by religion has refused to carry the Olympic torch in protest against China's actions in Tibet.