Tibetans in Delhi Protest China's Religious Regulation

Tibetans in Delhi Protest Outside Chinese Embassy
Around 500 Tibetans shouted slogans during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi against China’s Order No.5 – a religious regulation passed in 2007 that states all Tibetan Buddhist reincarnations must get government approval.

Kunchok Yarphel, one of the organizers of the protest said China’s religious regulation on Tibetan Buddhism is a tactic to control the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. "China's so called Order No. 5 is an intrusion by the Chinese government into Tibetan Buddhism and is directly aimed at controlling the succession of Dalai Lama. I protest and condemn this regulation,” said Yarphel.

While speaking to the protest gathering at Chanakyapuri, secretary of Gandhi Peace Foundation Shri Surindra Kumar highlighted the importance of organizing bigger international movements to press China on its religious interference.

Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, member of the Tibetan Parliament addressed at the protest and spoke on the three conditions he said was put forward by the Dalai Lama in response to Order No.5. "His Holiness the Dalai Lama said the Chinese Government should accept three things before meddling into Tibetan religious traditions: faith in religion; acceptance of Tibetan religious traditions and practices; and belief in life after death."

Tibetans accuse China of pursuing a policy of deliberate Tibetan cultural extinction. Images of the recently turned 77-year old Tibetan spiritual leader are forbidden and monks and nuns are forced to undergo patriotic “re-education” programs. The 14th Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet following a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, has been described by Beijing as a "splititst" seeking to independence for Tibetan inhabited areas.

The Dalai Lama, who fled the country in 1959 and has never returned, says he will consult the senior lamas, the Tibetan public and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism to re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue. He says China will not have a say on the matter. This raises the prospect of two Tibetan spiritual leaders, with one recognized by Beijing and the other chosen by Tibetan exiles.

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