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Why the Dalai Lama Visit to Arunachal Has India Asserting Itself to China

New Delhi: The Dalai Lama and 20 of his guards escaped China and entered India through Kinzmane on March 31, 1959, . He was then brought to Tawang where he was accorded a grand welcome before being finally taken to Dharamshala, the capital of Tibet’s government-in-exile.

3 years later, the Chinese decided to attack India through the same area. China claims Arunachal Pradesh to be part of south Tibet. This week, the Dalai Lama is back at Tawang on a religious tour. He was to have started the visit on Tuesday but overcast conditions forced him to abandon the chopper and travel by road. He is now scheduled to reach Tawang on April 7.

Dalai Lama’s any visit to Arunachal Pradesh  has always been controversial and has led to stiffening of relations between India and China. Though he visited the state in 1983, 1997, 2003 and 2009, never has the visit been so political and bold. Even during his one week long visit in 2009, the then chief minister of Arunachal went on record to say that the Dalai Lama would stop at discourse, his was a purely religious visit and had nothing to do with politics.
Now, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju would be escorting him in Tawang.

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