14th Dalai Lama criticized for self claim of '100% Indian'

Updated: 2010-07-26 19:01
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A signed article released here Monday has lashed out at the Dalai Lama for tagging himself as "100%" Indian at a TV show days ago. At an India-based TV program "In conversation with the Dalai Lama" on July 6, 2010, the Dalai Lama went beyond his previous claim as "son of India" and rushed into a self-claiming of being a one hundred percent Indian.

It is understandable that the Dalai Lama was reluctant or too ashamed to talk about his hometown in China, said Yi Duo, at the signed article titled "What's on the Dalai Lama's mind at his birthday".

"But facing Indian reporters, he appeared extraordinarily enthusiastic and passionate when ignorantly claiming that 'I refer to India as my country... If you open my brain I am 100% Indian', the article stated.

What's more, the Dalai Lama shamelessly proclaims himself an "Indian envoy" for international affairs even without any of the approval by anyone from the Indian side, added the article.

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"I always believe that it is the Dalai Lama's own business to choose his citizenship, for which in fact, nobody cares," the article said.

However, now that the Dalai Lama decides to be an Indian, he then has no reason to make any indiscreet remarks towards issues related to China's Tibet but to give more concern over India's internal affairs, it said.

"Obviously neither does the Dalai Lama seem to be interested in nor dare to do so."

As "wise" as he is, the Dalai Lama clearly understands his position: Living in India and only by abusing China occasionally could he show his "courage and insight" and thus flatter a certain group of people in the world, but he is absolutely in no position to talk about India's affairs in case his Indian daddy gets annoyed.

"An ordinary person usually thinks of his hometown on his birthday," said the article.

The Dalai Lama's own profile reveals that he was originally born in Qijiachuan, Huangzhong County of northwest China's Qinghai Province, with a folk name as Lhamo Thondup. His father Chocho Tsering and his mother Dekyi Tsering were both purely local peasants.

In 1939, Lhamo Thondup was escorted by a troop sent by the Chinese central government to Lhasa, as one of the candidates of the reincarnation boys of the 13th Dalai Lama. In 1940, the then National Government of China announced the approval of his succession to be the 14th Dalai Lama. From that time till his escape to India after he failed in his armed rebellion launched in 1959, the Dalai Lama was fed by the Tibetan people for at least 24 years.