The central government on October 27 cleared Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh and issued a statement that said that there is no bar on him to visit any place in India.
The statement that was issued by the Modi government early October 27 morning said…
“There is no bar on Dalai Lama visiting any place in India hence Arunachal visit in March next year is technically not a problem.”
The Dalai Lama is expected to visit India in march 2017 after he was invited by Arunachal CM Pema Khandu earlier this month on October 9.
The dates of the visit though are not clear yet, it is currently slated for the second week of March 2017 and he is expected to stay there at least for few days.
The central government’s statement assumes a huge significance for India as China is bound to raise an objection to Dalai Lama’s visiting Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier this month China had also raised voice against US ambassador Richard Verma’s visiting Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh to attend the Tawang Festival.
At that time India had dismissed them by saying that his visit to Tawang was nothing unusual as Arunachal is an “integral part of India”.
China will take this move by India as a subtle blow, as they have always “claimed” Arunachal to be ‘Southern Tibet’, that is Chinese territory.
Thus every time Dalai Lama visits any north-eastern state, China has always vociferously raised objections to it.