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Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times
Dharamsala, August 19, 2013
Raising the cordon around Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in wake of possible terror strike on Buddhist population, the Kangra police have banned personal Frequency Modulation (FM) radios in the Tsuglakhang temple complex during the teaching session by the Nobel laureate.


The decision was taken in a high-level meeting between the Kangra police and the Tibetan security official to review security of the Dalai Lama.

The police have already banned cameras and mobile phones in the temple complex after the serial bombing at Mahabodhi Temple - the seat of Buddha's enlightenment in Bodh Gaya Bihar.

“FM Radio sets or other electronic gadgets will not be allowed in the Tsuglakhang temple complex during the prayers and teaching sessions of the Tibetan spiritual leader,” said superintendent of police (SP), Kangra, Balbir Thakur.

“Only those FM radios issued by Tibetan security officials will be used,” he said, adding that the decision was totally based on security reasons and there would be no compromise with it.

The visitors will also be barred from carrying other electronic gadgets like cameras and cellphones.

He said the security wing of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) would be providing the FM radios to the audience attending the teachings. FM radios are largely used by foreigners to listen to the translations of the teachings of the spiritual leader.

The Dalai Lama's teachings are simultaneously translated into English and other foreign languages by privately owned and Tibetan administration-run FM channels. Around 50,000 disciples of the spiritual leader from around the world attend his teachings at various times of a year.

In his next public audience in Dharamsala from August 25 to 27, the Dalai Lama will teach on Tsongkhapa's Concise Treatises on the state of path to enlightenment and an overview of Tantra from Tsongkhap's states of the path of Mantryaana at the request of a group of Buddhist followers from Korea.

In the first week of September, he will give teachings on Shantideva - A guide to the Boddhisattva's way to life (Chodjug) - on the request of a group of Southeast Asians.

The Himachal Pradesh police have reviewed the security of the Tibetan spiritual leaders, the Dalai Lama, 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile, several times in the past one month- especially after the alert by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on possible terror strike on Buddhist people living across India.

The alert followed the busting of an Indian Mujahideen module at Hubli in Karnataka after the serial bomb blasts in Bodh Gaya. Nearly 30,000 Tibetan Buddhists live in 12 settlements across the state. The main monastery, Tsughlakakhang temple, is located outside the Dalai Lama's mansion in Dharamsala while Gyoto Tantric monastery - the abode of the 17th Karmapa- head of the powerful Kagyu Karma sect is situated 7 km from Dharamsala.

Earlier, in a total revamp of the security of the Dalai Lama, the Kangra police had strengthened the security pickets around Tusglakhang temple and the Dalai Lama palace.