Context: As few have resisted the Chinese assertive power on principle like the Tibetan spiritual leader, it is  an occasion for India to reconsider its stance on ‘One China’

More on the news:

  • The 85th birth anniversary on 6 July of the 14th Dalai Lama assumed special significance in India.
  • India’s recent standoff with China has reminded Indians of the need to rally all forces of freedom against China’s expansionist designs, and the principled opposition that he had led against these deserve amplification.
  • Now would be a good time to openly reconsider our official stance on “one China" and signal a reversal of our 2003 acceptance of the Tibetian territory as an integral part of the People’s Republic of China.

Background of India’s support to Dalai Lama

  • The Dalai Lama led until 2011 the Central Tibetan Administration, a government-in-exile with headquarters in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
    • This was based on its dream of a Tibet free of Chinese rule even as India’s support for it has visibly wavered down the decades.
  • China has always taken a bitter view of the refuge India granted the Dalai Lama and his followers after their failed uprising of the late 1950s against Chinese occupation. 
    • The indignities that Tibetans have had to suffer back in their homeland are well known.

Way ahead:

  • Drawing attention towards China’s atrocities
    • We need global solidarity not just for the Tibetan cause, but also to keep in check China’s repression of Uighurs and other minorities.
    • The heavy tools employed by China such as “re-education" camps, for instance, that are more like prisons need to be exposed for the brute authoritarianism they represent.
  • Raising diplomatic voice:
    • As the Dalai Lama’s host, India could deploy its diplomatic resources to carry his voice far and wide. 
    • China’s wanton acts of aggression could still be foiled by a determined pushback.


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