Dilemma on the Dalai Lama: American One or Chinese?
A huge area of Tibet was ruled by the religious chiefs of the Gelug sect, the most influential one of the Buddhists of Tibet. They have ruled this Himalayan region from seventeenth century to 1959. The communist China raised a claim over the region and the, the last chief of Tibet, was forced to escape from the Capital of Lasa. The Dalai Lama has been given shelter in India and he has been allowed to remain in India as a guest. Since then Dharmasala in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is the site of his headquarters. Since then he has been president of the Tibetan government in exile.
To the freedom-loving people of Tibet he is still the source of inspiration and they have since then bravely facing political persecution in varieties of form. The accounts of the Chinese torture on their life and living may constitute a tragic saga in the history of human civilization.
This is not the end of the Chinese satisfaction. China demands that nobody and no nation under the sun will maintain any relation with the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is one of the latent reasons behind China’s war against India in 1962. Incidentally the Dalai Lama, the official ruler of Tibet, happens to be a religious person. He has been relentlessly advocating for peace throughout the globe. He has been awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace prize as an acknowledgement of his performance and dedication. No other country save China has any botheration for this.
America as a nation seems to have been trapped nicely by the Chinese rulers in the recent years. Most probably the large market of the country has allured the authorities of the United States. China has begun to behave in a way that it can dictate terms to everyone and even to the United States. The United States appears to be helpless at times. A few months ago the same Dalai Lama has paid a visit to America and he has not been received by President Obama. There is reason to believe that America wants to maintain workable relation with a country which is very much sensitive about the Dalai Lama.
The Chinese pleas have been approved on many occasions although China has a history of insulting and attacking America for all reasons. The Dalai Lama, it is reported, will visit Washington within a few days. He will have a meeting with President Obama this time. China has raised its voice again. It does not approve such development. It wants President Obama not to entertain the Dalai Lama. But it is not the first time that an American President is meeting the Dalai Lama.
China is afraid of any upheaval in the Tibetan region which it has allegedly annexed in 1959.