Dalai Lama Talks of Retirement

Dalai Lama talks of retirement in Karan Thapar's Devil's Advocate programme

The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said he is contemplating full retirement within a year in an interview by journalist Karan Thapar on his Special Devil’s Advocate program Sunday evening.

The 76-year-old exiled buddhist leader said he was intending to discuss the issue of his retirement with the exile Tibetan Parliament based in Dharamsala, Northern India.

"In order to utilise fully democracy I felt [it] better I am not involved [and that] I am devoted to other fields, promotion of human values and peace and harmony," the Dalai Lama said on CNN-IBN news channel. "[But] firstly I have to discuss, to inform members of Tibetan parliament."

The declaration has once again raised the question of his successor. The Dalai Lama said that it is possible that he could be the last Dalai Lama.

A new set of political leaders are emerging among exiled Tibetans with the upcoming elections for the Tibetan parliament in exile to be held in March next year,

Some information for this report was provided by HindustanTimes and Guardian