Dalai Lama arrives in Bhopal for Narmada Seva Yatra

Andrew Cummings
March 21, 2017

Mathura: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama would be visiting the city on Monday and will be staying at the Karshni Ashram Raman Reti here, an official said today.

China today warned India not to go against its "core concerns" to avoid disruption in bilateral ties after New Delhi invited the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to an global Buddhist seminar in Bihar.

Buddhist monks and scholars from various countries participated in the seminar "Buddhism in 21st Century".

In his opening address, the Dalai Lama told Buddhist delegates and experts from 35 countries that all religions share one principle - love and compassion - and that all must promote religious harmony in order to overcome both historical and current problems created in the name of religion.

Newly appointed Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Hemant Gupta, Chief Secretary BP Singh, DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla, Divisional Commissioner Bhopal Ajatshatru, Collector Bhopal Nishant Warwade and Eminent Citizens also accorded welcome to Dalai Lama on the occasion.

The spokeswoman added: "We urge the India side to clearly recognise the anti-China separatist nature of the Dalai clique, abide by its promises on the Tibet issue, respect China's core interests and avoid further disturbances and harm to China-India relations". China has sent 90 members of the PLA Honor Guards to attend the event, which is part of Pakistan's republic day event to commemorate the Lahore Resolution of March 23, 1940, and the adoption of the first Constitution of Pakistan, Xinhua said.

The Dalai Lama denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for his remote Himalayan homeland.

The Ministry of Culture in India said in a statement that the Dalai Lama and Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the conference on Friday. The Dalai Lama will also attend a number of religious functions in Arunachal Pradesh during his visit.

China in the past held talks with him for reconciliation after he fled from Tibet. It denies any repression in Tibet and says its rule has brought development to a once backward and poverty-stricken region.

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