‘Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai’ the WayFor­ward:DalaiLama

‘In­dia and China are big na­tions and nei­ther has the abil­ity to de­feat the other, so they have to live in peace’

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Speak­ing on the Dokalam stand­off be­tween In­dia and China, the Dalai Lama on Tues­day in­voked “Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai” to as­sert that the two na­tions will have to live side by side in peace and said tem­po­rar­ily some harsh words are be­ing used but the sit­u­a­tion is not very se­ri­ous.

Speak­ing at the Ra­jen­dra Mathur Me­mo­rial Lec­ture for the Edi­tor’s Guild of In­dia, the 81-year-old Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader said: “I don’t think the ten­sion is very se­ri­ous. I don’t think both sides want war. Even­tu­ally the only way for­ward is ‘Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai’. Th­ese are two big na­tions and nei­ther have the abil­ity to de­feat each other, so they have to live side by side in peace,” he said.

The Dalai Lama also said that in the cur­rent age any prob­lem has to be solved through talks. “For peace, we have to pro­mote di­a­logue. We have to talk to en­sure there is rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. This is the only way. One side’s re­treat and de­feat is a think­ing of the past. In the mod­ern times, ev­ery coun­try is de­pen­dant on each other. The de­struc­tion of a neigh­bour is the de­struc­tion of your­self,” he said.

The sugges­tions given by the spir­i­tual leader is sim­i­lar to the po­si­tion taken by In­dia. Last week, ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj said that war is not a so­lu­tion and In­dia would re­solve the stand­off with China through di­a­logue. In­dia and China have been locked in a stand­off in the Dok­lam area since June 16, af­ter In­dian troops stopped the Chi­nese Army from build­ing a road in the area. China claims that it was con­struct­ing the road within its ter­ri­tory- which be­longs to Bhutanand has been de­mand­ing im­me­di­ate with­drawal of the In­dian troops from the dis­puted Dokalam plateau. The Dalai Lama added that In­dia and China some­times use “harsh words” and as a re­minder said that even dur­ing the 1962 In­dia-China war the Chi­nese forces even­tu­ally with­drew.

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