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New Delhi, March 9, 2017: Dismissing China’s objections over Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s proposed visit to Arunachal Pradesh in April, the Indian government on Thursday said it has no say in his travel plans within the country.

“The government’s position in this regard has been consistent,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said during a media briefing here.

“He is a revered religious figure, who is treated as such by the government and the people of India. The government has no say in his travel within India and no political meaning should be attached to them as such,” he added.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry had last week objected to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying it will cause serious damage to the India-China ties and warned New Delhi not to provide him a platform for “anti-China activities”.

According to reports, the Dalai Lama will be visiting the Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh after a gap of eight years.

Fearing Chinese military takeover in Tibet, the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 through Arunachal Pradesh. The Tibetan government-in-exile is functioning from McLeodganj in Himachal Pradesh. (IANS)

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India-Trained ‘Wrongly Educated’ Monks Banned by China

China has banned India-trained "wrongly educated" monks from teaching Buddhism, fearing they may be of "separatist" bend. The ban was imposed by a county in China's Southwest province in Sichuan, according to the state-run Global Times.

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China has banned India-trained “wrongly educated” monks from teaching Buddhism, fearing they may be of “separatist” bend.

The ban was imposed by a county in China’s Southwest province in Sichuan, according to the state-run Global Times.

An official said on Monday that “monks wrongly educated in India were banned from teaching Buddhism to residents of Litang county”.

Buddhism is one of the five officially recognised religions in China.

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China accuses Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama of secessionist activities in Tibet where most people follow Buddhism.

The county Litang stages patriotic education classes every year for those educated and awarded Gexe Lharampa, the highest academic degree in Tibetan Buddhist studies in India, an official from Litang’s ethnic and religious affairs bureau told the Global Times.

Those who behaved improperly at the patriotic classes or showed “any signs of separatist intent” are strictly monitored and banned from teaching Buddhism to the public, said the official who refused to be named.

The university has compiled and published 31 volumes from the photocopies of ancient Tibetan literature since 2005 and the figure is expected to increase to 45 in the following two to three years.
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China has its own criteria to award Gexe Lharampa. Candidates have to pass Chinese Buddhist tests and a sutra debate.

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Those awarded the degree overseas are not acknowledged by China and are not qualified to teach Buddhism in the country, Zhu Weiqun, former head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told the Global Times.

Some 105 monks in Tibet have been awarded the Chinese Buddhist version of the degree since 2004, the Xinhua news agency reported. (IANS)