With Old China Hand Vijay Gokhale As Foreign Secretary, Is India Changing Its Tibet Policy?

The Tibetan government-in-exile shifted a high-profile event commemorating Dalai Lama’s 60 years of exile as an effort to bringing peace to relations between India and China. The event was to be held in New Delhi till a media report said that foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale wrote to the cabinet secretary saying that participation of senior leaders and dignitaries at the event, ‘Thank You India’, is not desirable and should be discouraged, considering the ‘sensitive time.’

Many Tibetan activists are said to have communicated to relevant authorities as the development ‘humiliated’ Dalai Lama. Experts have, however, raised doubts over the development from both sides. China has been silent on the series of development from the Indian and Tibetan side so far. Speaking to News18, former Ambassador P Stobdan said that there was absolutely no question of humiliation or worry as the government was just doing as it promised. Read More…

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