Wednesday, March 16, 2011

INDIA - New Delhi tries to appease his paranoia

After years of silence, the Indian government has officially recognized on March 4 the 17th Karmapa, Trinley Dorje Ogyen as religious leader of Tibet, "the second after the Dalai Lama," said Interior Minister GK Pillai. The young man of 25 years, both recognized by the Dalai Lama and enthroned by the Chinese government, fled Tibet in 1999 to join India, which has always viewed with suspicion his past relationships with government Chinese.

In February 2011, police in Himachal Pradesh, the state where the Karmapa lives, accused of money laundering after being found in his monastery 600,000 in U.S. currency and cash from 25 different countries. The few Chinese yuan, representing around 15% of the total, have made it a particularly dangerous "Chinese spy".

Finally, it was found that the money was none other than gifts of solidarity. These questionable charges have been particularly successful in undermining the historic friendship between India and Tibet in exile. New Delhi's gesture, which also allowed for the first time Ogyen Trinley Dorje to travel beyond Daramshala, appears as an appeasement, says Asia Times Online.

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