Message to China: Kiren Rijiju tweets photos of Karmapa's visit to Arunachal - India Today



IndiaToday.in | Edited by Prabhash K Dutta
New Delhi, December 2, 2016





@KirenRijiju https://t.co/uHs3XbHjkz


For the past over five years, the Centre had placed restriction over the movement of Urgyen Trinley Dorje- the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.
But, recently the cabinet committee on security decided to lift restrictions on Karmapa's travel within India. And, currently, he is touring Arunachal Pradesh.
Karmapa's visit to Arunachal Pradesh is significant in the view of Chinese stand on the matter.China has always objected to a visit by a Tibetan leader living in exile in India to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which it claims to be its own territory.
MESSAGE TO CHINA?
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju accompanied the Karmapa on his visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
Rijiju also tweeted the photographs of his visit to the state, indicating full support of the Narendra Modi government to Karmapa's visit to Arunachal Pradesh despite well-known stand of China in the matter.
China had in October objected to US Ambassador to India Richard Verma's visit to Arunachal Pradesh saying that this would strain the bilateral relations.
However, India rejected the Chinese objection stating that Arunachal Pradesh is India's sovereign territory and China has no business in raising question about the ambassador's visit to the state.
WHO IS GYALWANG KARMAPA?
Frustrated by Chinese restrictions on his freedom, Urgyen Trinley Dorje had fled the country at the age of 14 in 1999. Though, he was recognised by China as the next Karmapa, the religious head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
In 2011, the government imposed restrictions on Karmapa's movement in India after Himachal Pradesh Police raided a trust backed by him and recovered cash worth about Rs 6 crore in foreign currencies including those of China.
Karmapa was then suspected to be an agent of Chinese government and his movement was restricted within Himachal Pradesh. But, after the Modi government lifted restrictions on the travel of religious heads within India, his Arunachal Pradesh visit could become possible.

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