21 October, 2020

‘I Am Very Impressed With The Anna Movement’

The Buddhist leader on the protest movements of 2011, China, the future of the Tibetan movement, and Anna Hazare.

Tribhuvan Tiwari
‘I Am Very Impressed With The Anna Movement’
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The 14th reincarnation of Avalokitesvara, better known as the Dalai Lama, has been both the driving force and the symbol of the Tibetan movement. He spoke to Anirudh Mathur at his tranquil residence in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, shortly before leaving to teach in Bodh Gaya. Considered the “ocean of wisdom” by millions of Buddhists, he spoke about the protest movements of 2011, China, the future of the Tibetan movement, and Anna Hazare. Excerpts:

The defining feature of 2011 has been protest and democratisation. Will this soon extend to China?

Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the rule of law are much desired. In China, more voices are being heard for these things. I have met a number of Chinese people, even from the mainland, who express such desires. But it’s difficult to say whether it (the protest movement) will soon extend to China. China’s premier Wen Jiabao has even said that China needs a western style of democracy, but there hasn’t been much...

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