“I told former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, I will live another 15-20 years, there is no question. I would definitely prefer dying in India. India is surrounded by people who show love, not artificial something. If I die surrounded by Chinese officials…too much artificial. I prefer dying in this country with free democracy,” Dalai Lama said, in a video posted on Facebook. Speaking further, he added, “At the time of death…one must be surrounded by trusted friends who really show you genuine feelings.”
The Dalai Lama, who is revered around the world for both his wise political and spiritual teachings, is often viewed with distrust by Chinese authorities. He is widely perceived by the Chinese government as a “divisive and separatist character.” According to reports, the Tibetan spiritual leader had to seek refuge in India in the 1950s when China illegally invaded Tibet. However, the Dalai Lama had made an effort for a constructive settlement with China to resolve the issue of Tibet, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, the Indian government’s stance on Dalai Lama has always been clear and consistent, and he is highly regarded by the people of India. Additionally, the Indian government has also given him all freedom to carry out his religious activities across the country. Following a hiatus of more than three years, the Dalai Lama visited New Delhi in the month of August. He is an iconic figure who not only bats for the freedom of Tibet but also for the entire world. Owing to the Chinese aggression, the Dalai Lama renounced his position as the spiritual head of more than 7 million Tibetan Buddhists and has been living in exile for the last several years.