India should be "an active participant" in talks with China on the Tibetan people's rights, says Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa who is widely perceived as the successor of the Dalai Lama.
"It is not inappropriate for India to raise its voice and be a very active participant in this discussion,"
the 17th Karmapa, one of the most revered figures in Tibetan Buddhism, told PTI.
India was "not just another county" of the international community, the 26-year-old monk said, adding "Tibetan culture was Indian culture" as well.
"Right now we find the environment of Tibet in a perilous condition," he said.
He charged that the Chinese government had continued its "repressive acts in an uninterrupted fashion since 2008."
The Karmapa said that Tibetans were "not political people", but were fighting for basic human rights like freedom of speech and religion.
The Karmapa, who is on his second visit to the US after 2008, also warned against the construction of dam that China is building on the middle reaches of the Brahmaputra.
He said the dam was "not a small deal" and it would impact India and its neighbouring countries.
It was "important" for the Indian government to speak on the matter, said the Karmapa, who also accompanied the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on his trip to Washington DC this week to attend the 'Kalachakra' ceremonies.