The Tibetan Community gathered in the hill town of Dharamsala, India to celebrate the occasion of 60th year of political asylum in India. Tibetans had organised a “Thank You India” event in the Indian capital New Delhi but they had t shift the venue to Dharamsala as Indian government had issued an unforeseen ban on the rally with Dalai Lama being a part of it. Earlier this week, the spiritual leader also cancelled his visit to the Indian state of Sikkim as it may not offend China. Tibetans run a government in exile in Dharamsala so the event was moved to that place to not to get into any stand-off with China.
The Indian government has maintained that there is no change in its policy towards Dalai Lama and the change in venue was due to compulsions of Indian Foreign Policy. China had taken over Tibet in what Chinese term as the “peaceful liberation” in 1950. It was in March 1959, Dalai Lama had fled to India along with his followers. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, extended a warm welcome to the monk and offered him a permanent place at Dharamsala. However, with India warming up to the Chinese establishment, the ties with Tibet stand in jeopardy.
China has always maintained that Tibet has been a part of the People’s Republic of China since the Yuan Dynasty and considers Dalai Lama as a separatist leader.