No problem even if some consider me a demon: Dalai Lama on China objecting to his Arunachal Pradesh visit

China has been warning India of ‘serious damage’ in relations over Dalai Lama’s visit

Reacting to China’s objection to his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the Dalai Lama said he has no problems even if someone considers him a demon. China has been warning India of ‘serious damage’ in relations over Dalai Lama’s visit.

India has remained firm on its stand claiming that Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh is an internal matter which should not be given a political angle. “India never interferes in the internal affairs of China and we expect that China also should not interfere in our internal matter,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said. adding that the visit is purely religious.

Beijing against his scheduled visit to Tawang, Expressing confidence in India, the Dalai Lama said he has never been used against China. “India has never used me against China. I am a messenger of the ancient Indian thought and I talk about ahimsa, peace, harmony and secular ethics wherever I go,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said.

His remarks came after Chinese state media today said India is using the Dalai Lama as a diplomatic leverage to challenge China’s “bottom line”.

“I am a Buddhist. The entire Himalayan range had been traditionally following Buddhist dharma and modern physics is based on Buddhist philosophy,” he said.

Speaking fondly of Arunachal Pradesh, he said that he had a special connection with the state as it served as his point of entry when he arrived in India in 1959. “When I got freedom, when I first reached India, I entered through Arunachal Pradesh. I have an emotional connect with the state. It is a special place for me,” he said.

Expressing his love for India, Dalai Lama had recently said: “Physically, for the last over 50 years, my body is surviving on Indian ‘dal’ and ‘chapati’. So, physically and mentally I am an Indian. I am the longest guest of the government of India for the last 58 years and am now paying back for that gesture by becoming the messenger of Indian culture.”