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'Low morale' of Tibetans has Dalai Lama worried

Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times  Dharamshala, October 01, 2013
First Published: 00:39 IST(1/10/2013) | Last Updated: 00:41 IST(1/10/2013)

Spiritual and temporal Tibetan leader, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, is aggrieved over low confidence shown by a section of Tibetans in his thinking and policy.

"There is this low confidence in me. Earlier, I used to think that because the Tibetans inside Tibet have a lot of faith in me, I should remain alive till the age of 113. But since such things are occurring, I think it might be now appropriate for me to live up to the age of 108," said speaker of Tibetan parliament in-exile Penpa Tsering, quoting the spiritual leader.

The Dalai Lama pointed to a Tibetan Youth Congress official (TYC), a staff of Radio Free Asia and a Tibetan writer expressing dissatisfaction on his decision to change the name of the "Tibetan government in-exile" to "Central Tibetan Administration".

The 78-year-old Dalai Lama's latest prophecy at a meeting with civil servants early in September stoked concern for the Tibetan parliament and his followers, following which the Tibetan parliament in-exile moved a resolution in its recently concluded session requesting the spiritual leader to live up to the age of 113 and beyond.

Tsering, who attended the meeting, said this was the first time that the Dalai Lama had expressed such sentiments.

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