- Title: Dalai Lama arrives at Tawang monastery in India
- Date: 7th April 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) MONK AT THE TAWANG MONASTERY, LOBSANG SHIRUP, SAYING: "Feeling very happy, for so long we had been praying for this day, we had been praying and today - with our religious head coming here. It feels like our prayers have been answered. I am feeling very nice and happy." LAMAS STANDING AND WATCHING TRADITIONAL WHITE SCARF IN THE HANDS OF A LAMA DALAI LAMA ENTERING THE MAIN TEMPLE (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) ABBOT OF THE BOMDILLA MONASTERY IN THE NEIGHBOURING DISTRICT OF TAWANG, GEYSHING THUBTEN, SAYING: "I am at a loss of words. I cannot find the words to describe my happiness. We are feeling extremely happy." YOUNG LAMAS STANDING AND WATCHING
- Embargoed: 21st April 2017 13:57
- Keywords: Dalai Lama Tibet exiled spiritual leader Tawang India China
- Location: TAWANG, ARUNACHAL PRADESH, INDIA
- City: TAWANG, ARUNACHAL PRADESH, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0026BEIKW7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Dalai Lama drove to a remote Buddhist enclave nestled in the icy folds of the eastern Himalayas on Friday (April 7), where he had passed through after fleeing Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
The visit, and the Indian government's decision to have its representatives host him, has escalated tensions between the world's two most populous nations - whose relationship is one of mutual suspicion lingering from a brief 1962 border war.
Dalai Lama, who is also considered the God-king by his followers, was given a colourful and traditional welcome upon his arrival at the 17th century monastery.
A trip by the Dalai Lama, whom the Chinese regard as a dangerous separatist, would ratchet up tensions at a time when New Delhi is at odds with China on strategic and security issues and unnerved by Beijing's growing ties with arch-rival Pakistan.
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