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Dalai Lama welcomes victory of 'Grand Allaiance' in Bihar
"Welcome to the official website of the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet's Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence." This is what the Dalai Lama's site proclaims. The social media is usually inundated with the quotes of His Holiness.

It is interesting to learn that the Fourth Dalai Lama, Yonten Gyatso (1589-1617) was a Mongolian, the great-grandson of Altan Khan who was a descendant of Kublai Khan and King of the Tumed Mongols. The informal line of succession of the present Dalai Lamas as incarnate of 'Avalokiteshvara', according to the "Birth to Exile" article on the 14th Dalai Lama's website, is "the seventy-fourth in a lineage that can be traced back to a Brahmin boy who lived in the time of Buddha Shakyamuni." The Dalai Lama had fled to India in 1959 after Chinese troops crushed an attempted uprising in Tibet. Since then, he has been living in exile in India.

It was a tacit understanding after the great priest made a spectacular escape from the land of high passes - Tibet that Dalai Lama would not indulge in any sort of active politics while he enjoys the hospitality of stay in India. Making good his promise, while he had spoken freely on many subjects that concerned to humanity and its vagaries around the globe, he had always kept a stiff upper lip about the atrocities in Burma, now Mynmar. He never expend a word about the sorry plight of 'Rohingyas.'

The Rohingyas are a Muslim minority group residing mostly in the Rakhine state, formerly known as Arakan of Burma. The Rohingya people are now reduced to "stateless entities", as the Apartheid Myanmar Military Regime has been refusing to recognize them as one of the ethnic groups of the country. The Rohingyas lack legal protection from the Government of Myanmar, are regarded as mere refugees from Bangladesh, and face strong hostility in the country. They are often described as one of the most persecuted people on earth. Myanmar is majority Budhist country and His Holiness Dalai Lama is one of the tallest Budhist priest in the world. However, like many politicians around the globe, he uses his discretion and never expresses his opinion on this matter.

However, he is also flabbergasted with the victory of Nitish Babu and Lalu Ji. While answering a question on "intolerance" in India - an issue that has seen filmmakers, writers and actors return national awards, the Tibetan spiritual leader said that recent elections in Bihar state - which the BJP lost - showed a "majority of Hindus believed in religious harmony". More than 50 historians have returned national and state awards, joining almost 40 writers who have done the same to protest at what they refer to as growing intolerance in India. A number of writers, including Salman Rushdie, also wrote to UK Prime minister David Cameron, telling him to ask Mr Modi to act against intolerance.

India's ruling BJP has downplayed remarks by the Dalai Lama that are seen as criticism of the government. The BJP spokesperson said that the Dalai Lama's remarks should not be "misinterpreted". The Dalai Lama did not name any political party, but his remarks are being seen as a veiled attack on the government.

The Janata Dal United party, which was a part of the "Grand Alliance" that won the Bihar elections, said that the Dalai Lama's statement was an attack on "extremist elements" in the country.

"The statement made by him has given a strong and befitting reply to the extremist groups in India. The results of the Bihar polls show that forces of tolerance are not only active but are in a majority," a party spokesman told the Press Trust of India news agency.

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