China considers me a demon, says Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama on Thursday termed as "quite routine" the Chinese objections to India allowing him a platform to air his views, saying they consider him as a "demon" even though his position now is "semi-retired".
Ignoring Beijing's reservations, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan was present at a programme on Mother Teresa, which was addressed by the Tibetan spiritual leader. When asked about the Chinese consulate's letter to the state government to ensure that the Chief Minister and governor did not attend the programme, Narayanan retorted, "What do you expect me to do about it? If they have written to the chief secretary. They have written."
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Image: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama prays during an all faith prayer meet as part of the Global Buddhist Congregation 2011, in New Delhi
'China's objection to my visit routine'
When a newsman pointed out that the Chinese consulate has objected to his visit to India, Dalai Lama said, "This is quite routine. From their point of view it is also logical. Some Chinese officials consider me as a demon. They raise every objection."
Asked if he expected this kind of reaction from the Chinese government, he quipped, "I have faced this before. I don't want to comment on the letter from the Chinese consulate."
Image: The Dalai Lama prays with other Buddhist leaders and scholars during an all faith prayer meet as part of the Global Buddhist Congregation 2011 in New Delhi
'I don't want to politicise my visit to India'
"This year in March I formally, officially handed over the political leadership. I am no longer a leader of political administration. So, I don't like to politicise my visit," he remarked.
While China treats the Tibetan spiritual leader as persona non grata, New Delhi has maintained that he is respectable religious leader and in a democratic country there is no restriction on freedom of speech.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee could not attend the programme as her mother was in a critical condition, according to Trinamool Congress MP Derek O' Brien.
Image: Tibetan monks pray during the congregation