Dalai Lama in Tawang (Screengrab)
Tibetian leader-in-exile Dalai Lama termed India as a perfect example of harmony and peace during a press conference in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.
Later in the day, the Dalai Lama will address people at Tawang's parade ground. Some 60,000 people are expected to attend the address.
Here are the live updates:
#Dalai lama on China
Things are changing. So, the political system should also change. Now people in China have started to talk against the government openly in restaurants and buses. The government cannot force upon the people for too long. So they should let the change take place.
#Now China need another cultural movement under the communist party. The last movement was violent, it didn't go well. So this movement should be more compassionate.
#I admire Marxist equal system. But I'm totally against Leninism.
#The totalitarian system and the closed system is doing much damage to China. Otherwise China is a hardworking country. Chinese people are wonderful and cultural. But the government is totalitarian.
#The real ruler of the world is humanity.
#He is working for the farmers. India's development should be rural focused
#Modi is quite active. When he was Gujarat CM, he invited me to Gujarat and he came meet me in Hotel. He is very good.
#The secular concept of India is in practice since 3000 years
#A lady asked about his prediction of a Woman Dalai Lama... He said that might also happen
Q: China says that the 15th Dalai Lama will take birth in China?
A: Let China first come clear with their theory on rebirth.
Q: People in Tawang say that you will take birth here?
A: Everyone, Chinese Buddhists want me to take rebirth in China. Some say in Ladakh and even in the West too...
We will discuss the importance of this institution again. In my late 80s or early 90s one very important meeting will take place and there we will discuss this.
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#Our relation is something very special: Guru-Chela relationship; But now the Guru has become Chela and the Tibetan Chela has become Guru
#India is land of Buddha. You Indians are our Guru. We are your Chela. We are not just Chela, we are reliable chelas. We preserved Nalandan Thoughts for thousands of years.
#And I came to Tawang
#Thousands of Tibetans were killed. In the one week I tried my best to cool down the situation, but it was out of control. And finally, I escaped to the Indian border putting my life at risk.
#Emotionally I'm attached to this reason. On March 10, 1959 the uprising happened and on March 18, 10 o'clock Lhasa time I escaped.
#400 million Chinese Buddhists are there
#Preservation of Tibetan language is very important not only for Tibetan but for the whole Buddhist world and particularly the Chinese Buddhists.
#Tibetan language is the best to express ancient Nalandan Thoughts. Everything in Sanskrit has been translated into Tibetan thousands of years back.
#I retired from politics in 2011. All political matters are handled by the elected Tibetan Government in exile. However I'm committed to promote and preserve Tibetan culture as well as preserve the Tibetan ecology
#My commitment for Tibet is always there
#I'm committed to promote peace and harmony among various religions
#India is a perfect example of peace and harmony: Dalai Lama
Amid the opposition from China, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday morning reached Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu accompanied the Dalai Lama during his seven-hour journey from Dirang, about 130km from Tawang.
In Tawang, Dalai Lama spent three days after fleeing from Tibet in 1959 and is also considered the first home of the Dalai Lama in India.
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh sparked a row between India and China with a series of verbal duel between the countries.
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The issue also featured in the Lok Sabha debate on Friday with a member from the state saying Beijing has no business to tell India what it should do or not do in the context of its “guest”.