Dalai Lama demands meaningful autonomy for Tibet through bilateral resolution process
  • Fri, 10/28/2011 - 12:00

The Economic Times
28 Oct, 2011, 07.43PM IST, PTI

DEHRADUN: Acknowledging China's "growing international influence", Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today pressed for "meaningful autonomy" for Tibet through bilateral resolution process to preserve its culture and religion.

"There is a change. China is changing. We don't want a separate Tibet. We want meaningful autonomy only in order to preserve our culture, language and religion," said the Dalai Lama, who was the chief guest at a function marking the 76th founder's day of the prestigious Doon School here.

In this regard, the Nobel laureate said the issue of Tibet should be resolved between China and the people of Tibet only. "Outside powers can only influence the Tibetan cause," he said.

Stating that there was a shift within the intellectual class of China over the issue of Tibet, he said more and more Chinese people are now supporting the cause of Tibet and showing their solidarity with Tibetans.

He also lauded a section of Chinese press for being critical of the government on the Tibetan issue. "I have found nearly 1000 articles in China which were not only support of Tibet but were critical of the Communist government," he said.

The Dalai Lama also appreciated China for its economic development during the past one decade. "I am not against Marxism but I am certainly against authoritarian rule," he said.

Recalling the days when he left Tibet in 1959, he said he first came to the hill resort of Mussoorie where he stayed for nearly one year. "Later I shifted to Dharamsala, ofcourse, not by my own choice," he said.