China’s new goal in Tibet is to select the next Dalai Lama says a special research article by Col (Retired) Vinayak Bhat in the news and analysis portal, The Print on Saturday. According to the excessive restrictions building up in Tibet, especially around the sites of religious importance, it builds more suspicion.
“China’s control over Tibet and its Buddhist traditions seemingly has a new aim. Construction activity by Chinese authorities near sacred Tibetan Buddhist sites suggests that the government aims to control the movement of Tibetans to these sites, and in turn, play a role in determining the next Dalai Lama.” said the analysis report in The Print.
Over the past decade, China has been more explicit at redefining their restrictions against the Tibetans inside Tibet. The regulation of reincarnated lamas in Tibetan Buddhism under the monitoring of the Chinese government clearly implied their intentions to declare the reincarnation of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama from within Chinese control.
In spite of their claim of a secular state in China and Tibet, their actions against the people says the opposite. The article explained that Chinese authorities seem to be in an immense hurry to establish their own hand-picked Dalai Lama, which would allow them to establish complete domination over Tibetan Buddhists. The current Dalai Lama himself has repeatedly expressed fears that after his death, the Chinese state will most likely appoint a Dalai Lama who helps it achieve its strategic objectives in Tibet.
It also added that not long ago, foreign tourists were banned from visiting the Lhamo La-tso (the holy Oracle Lake). The subsequent visit by the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama or “Gya Panchen” (the second in hierarchy after the Dalai Lama) indicates growing Chinese interference.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has recently been clarifying that if there is a need for his reincarnation; which he would discuss with all the stakeholders from Buddhist community, would be born in a free country.