India requests Dalai Lama not to talk politics

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Chandigarh, Jul 12: India requested Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader and the Tibetan government-in-exile, not to go overboard while "making observations about China."

India worried that Dalai Lama's remarks can spoil the Indo-China talks.

Nirupama Rao, Foreign secretary, who met Dalai Lama and Somdang Rinpoche, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile on Sunday, Jul 11, advised them of the Indo-China talks.

According to the daily DNA, Nirupama Rao conveyed the country's concern to the Tibetan leaders that they should be restrained in their comments so that Sino-Indian relations did not suffer.

The tabloid also said that China criticized India for allowing Tibetan refugees to engage in political activities on its soil.

The Dalai Lama usually describes India"s position on Tibet as “over-cautious"

The Tibetan leader, in 2009, was allowed by the Indian government to visit Arunachal Pradesh, an Indian state that China claims as its territory.

S M Krishna, Foreign minister said that the Centre had no objections to the Tibetan leader visiting any part of India unless he spoke politics.

Officially, the foreign office of the Tibetan government described Rao"s visit "as a courtesy visit to the Dalai Lama."

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