Describing the vexed Tibet issue as “hopeless,” an anguished Dalai Lama today indicated that he may retire in view of the “failure” to realise his dream of securing “genuine autonomy” for his Himalayan homeland.
“I’m looking forward to complete retirement,” the 73- year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader said, as his envoys were negotiating with officials in Beijing on the Tibet issue.
“Some people tell me it’s impossible the Dalai Lama retire. I tell them my retirement is my human right,” he said while speaking to members of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.
The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate said the situation in Tibet was worsening and that criticism among Tibetans of his negotiating approach toward China was growing.
“Things are not improving inside Tibet,” he said. “Our approach failed to bring some positive changes inside Tibet. So criticism is also increasing. So there’s no other alternative except to ask the people,” he said.