The violent confrontation between India and China in Ladakh has given a new dimension to the mutual tension between the two countries. This inhuman Chinese behavior using Tibet's land has made Tibet and its exiled ruler the Dalai Lama the center of international discussion years later.
Nirupama Rao, former Foreign Secretary of India and Indian Ambassador to China, has suggested giving the Dalai Lama the highest civilian honor of India, Bharat Ratna, and at the same time advise to rethink Indian policy regarding China and Tibet. Has given Earlier, on May 20, a resolution in the US Parliament demanded that Tibet be declared a separate and independent country.
On January 30 this year, the House of Representatives, the lower house of the US parliament, passed Bill No. HR-4331, and clearly told the Chinese government that it should take any decision about the Dalai Lama's next incarnation.
The authority is not there and only the decisions of the Dalai Lama office regarding his next incarnation will be valid. One of the features of this resolution was that despite the bitter relations between the Republican and Democratic parties, the resolution passed by 392 votes against 22. 16 MPs were absent.
The Dalai Lama is the exiled ruler of a country that has no mention on the political map of the world nor has any country recognized his exile government run from Dharamshala. The number of Tibetan refugees standing behind them is also limited which extends to about 30 countries apart from India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
Despite this, for the last five-six decades, he is counted among the most popular and respected people in the world. The secret of his popularity is his simplicity and the idea of non-violence, compassion, and universal responsibility that put him at par with Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela.
He has been awarded more than 150 awards, including his Nobel Peace Prize, the Templeton Award, the Magsaysay Award, and the Congressional-Gold-Medal of America for his ideas and personality. Their popularity in Europe and America is such that the flag of Tibet is hoisted every year on 10 March, the anniversary of the Tibetan mass revolution of liberation from China. In honor of the Dalai Lama, 20 of the world's parliament have passed more than 50 resolutions in support of Tibet.
If the Dalai Lama is so popular, then China's anger and hatred towards him are no less. Until a few years ago, the Chinese government's enmity with the Dalai Lama's visit to the governments around the world made him even more popular, but due to China's growing economic, military and diplomatic power, many governments are now even giving visas to the Dalai Lama Clippings have started.
A few years ago, the Chinese government refused to issue visas to the Dalai Lama in front of Chinese threats on the question of the Nobel laureates' conference in South Africa. In response, the Nobel winners canceled the conference.
Such is the situation of the Dalai Lama's popularity within Tibet that three generations of people there shout slogans in support of anti-China demonstrations that take place there. Over the past few years, 153 Tibetans have committed self-immolation, demanding the liberation of Tibet from China and the return of the Dalai Lama.
After the death of a Dalai Lama in the Tibetan system, a child who incarnates him is discovered and given his rank. The Chinese rulers are insistent that only the Chinese government should have the right to choose the next incarnate child after the death of the current Dalai Lama.
After four decades of unsuccessful efforts to destroy the religious beliefs of the Tibetan people, China has now started a campaign to satisfy the Tibetan people by tooling religion. He has also rehearsed the search for the next Dalai Lama by discovering and anointing the incarnations of Karma Pa and Panchen Lama under the supervision of the Communist Party in 1992 and 1994.
To counter these moves of China, the Dalai Lama limited his office to spiritual matters only by giving all his political rights to Tibet's elected Sikyong (Prime Minister) and Parliament in 2012. By doing so, they have freed Tibet's exiled government and its rights from the limits of its lifetime and gave it eternal life.
By abandoning the Coronavirus, taunting neighboring countries, and making the Indo-China border dispute a sordid one, the Chinese government has turned almost the entire world against itself. In such a situation, if the Indian government decides to honor the Dalai Lama with the Bharat Ratna, it will also give the whole world an impressive symbol of mobilization against China and give New Delhi a chance to blunt Beijing's aggressive attitude