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China-appointed Panchen Lama's election draws flak

india Updated: Feb 04, 2010 22:01 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times
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The election of China-appointed 11th Panchen Lama Norbu Gyaltsen to vice-president of Buddhist Association of China has invoked a sharp reaction from Dharamsala-based Tibetan government-in- exile.

The Tibetan government has dubbed the election held in Beijing during the eighth conference of the association as "another attempt" by China to undermine the popularity of the exiled leader the Dalai Lama.

Norbu Gyaltsen (19) recognised as 11th Panchen Lama by China was elected as one of the 25 vice-presidents of the Buddhist Association of China.

"China's effort to recognise Panchen Lama will not affect the respect and devotion of Tibetan people towards the Dalai Lama," said Thupten Samphel, a spokesman of Tibetan government-in-exile.

Gedun Choekyi Nyima, recognised by the Dalai Lama in 1995 as 11th Panchen Lama, is revered as the second highest spiritual leader. Tibetan exiles claim that China abducted Nyima and his family and recognised Gyaltsen as the reincarnate of Panchen Lama.

According to Tibetan exiles, Nyima is still in Chinese custody.
Tibetan exiles had been carrying a worldwide campaign to pressurise China for release of Nyima, referred as the "youngest prisoner of the world".

Norbu Gyaltsen elevation to vice-president of the Buddhist association comes after ninth round of "inconclusive" talks between the envoys of the Dalai Lama and Chinese government representatives. China again rejected the Dalai Lama's demand of substantial autonomy to China-ruled Tibet.

The election of China-appointed 11th Panchen Lama Norbu Gyaltsen to vice-president of Buddhist Association of China has invoked a sharp reaction from Dharamsala-based Tibetan government-in- exile.

The Tibetan government has dubbed the election held in Beijing during the eighth conference of the association as "another attempt" by China to undermine the popularity of the exiled leader the Dalai Lama.

Norbu Gyaltsen (19) recognised as 11th Panchen Lama by China was elected as one of the 25 vice-presidents of the Buddhist Association of China.

"China's effort to recognise Panchen Lama will not affect the respect and devotion of Tibetan people towards the Dalai Lama," said Thupten Samphel, a spokesman of Tibetan government-in-exile.

Gedun Choekyi Nyima, recognised by the Dalai Lama in 1995 as 11th Panchen Lama, is revered as the second highest spiritual leader. Tibetan exiles claim that China abducted Nyima and his family and recognised Gyaltsen as the reincarnate of Panchen Lama.

According to Tibetan exiles, Nyima is still in Chinese custody.
Tibetan exiles had been carrying a worldwide campaign to pressurise China for release of Nyima, referred as the "youngest prisoner of the world".

Norbu Gyaltsen elevation to vice-president of the Buddhist association comes after ninth round of "inconclusive" talks between the envoys of the Dalai Lama and Chinese government representatives. China again rejected the Dalai Lama's demand of substantial autonomy to China-ruled Tibet.

Who's Panchen Lama?

In 1995, the Dalai Lama recognised Gedun Choekyi Nyima as 11th Panchen Lama, who is revered as the second highest spiritual leader.
q However, China considers Norbu Gyaltsen (19) as the reincarnate.
q According to Tibetan exiles, Nyima is in Chinese custody after he was abducted along with his family members.

q In 1995, the Dalai Lama recognised Gedun Choekyi Nyima as 11th Panchen Lama, who is revered as the second highest spiritual leader.
q However, China considers Norbu Gyaltsen (19) as the reincarnate.
q According to Tibetan exiles, Nyima is in Chinese custody after he was abducted along with his family members.