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India bans Tibetans from Delhi rally

India bans Tibetans from Delhi rally

Reacting upon the advisory note issued by the government Sonam Dagpo purportedly said, "India is host to Tibetan refugees".

On Saturday, the group is to hold a march to commemorate the failed Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule on March 10, 1959, which led to violent crackdowns and the Dalai Lama's exile, network director Lin Hsin-yi (林欣怡) said at a news conference outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.

It was learnt that Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale's had sent a note to Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha who then sent a directive asking officials not to join the events.

"However MEA said that, no restrictions have been placed on the Dalai Lama in the wake of rising tensions along Indo-China border, The assertion came in response to reports that said that senior government functionaries had been asked to "skip" year-long events organised by the exiled Tibetan government as part of its 'Thank you India" campaign to mark the 60th year of the arrival of the Tibetan spiritual leader.

The event "Thank You India", which was chose to be held at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex on April 1 in Delhi, is shifted to Dharamsala. "And the inter-faith prayer at Rajghat has been cancelled for now".

The Tibetan government in-exile had released a calendar of events to observe "60 Years in exile".

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Senior officials in the Foreign and Interior ministries said yesterday exiled Tibetans would not be allowed to hold a rally in the capital this month, but could do so in the northern town of Dharamsala, where a Tibetan government in exile is based. "We have no further comments".

The Central government had said that it was a "very sensitive time" for Sino-India relationship. Dagpo, however, said participation in Yoga Day, Swachh Bharat, tree-plantation and other events will take place as planned.

The spokesperson, however, didn't mention the note or the advice to the government.

While this was perceived as an unusual departure from Delhi's stand on the Tibetans-in-exile, Gokhale's trip to Beijing on February 23, where he met Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, and called on Foreign Minister Wang and State Councillor Yang Jiechi, was an attempt to mend fences with China - after a year of strained relations. He is a revered religious leader and is deeply respected by the people of India. The MEA said that India's position on the Dalai Lama was clear and consistent.

Reportedly, equations with China saw a downfall, after the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh in April a year ago.