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Indian Science Congress Will Not Attend By Dalai Lama
Indian Science Congress which opens in Manipur later this week will not be attended by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama
- Vishabh Saini
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- March 13, 2018 03:07 IST
New Delhi : Indian Science Congress which opens in Manipur later this week will not be attended by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
The Nobel Laureate's decision not to attend the congress assumes significance in view of the cancellation of a recent event in New Delhi where the Dalai Lama was expected to be present.
The event, which was slated to have been held at Rajghat to commemorate the Buddhist monk's 60th year in exile in India, was later moved to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, and will now be held at the end of the month.
Prime Minister inaugurates the Indian Science Congress is an annual science event.
The general president of the Indian Science Congress Association (INSA), Achyuta Samanta said the Tibetan leader had been invited to the conference but he would not be able to attend it.
Mr Samanta said, "We were also told that he had visited Manipur two months ago."
The Indian Science Congress website still lists the Dalai Lama as one of the chief guests among other Nobel laureates expected to be present.
The ISC was postponed in view of a perceived law and order problem at its earlier venue which is Central University in Hyderabad.
Mr Samanta said, Muhammad Yunus-the founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh would be the only Nobel Laureate at the event.
The development also comes in the backdrop of a media report about an Indian government directive to senior functionaries at the Centre and in the states to skip events being organised by Tibetans.
Earlier this month, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha had sent out a note to senior functionaries of the Central and state governments asking them to avoid events being organised by Tibetans.
Following the report, the Foreign Ministry had said the Dalai Lama was a revered religious leader and deeply respected by the people of India, and added that there was no change in that position.
"Government of India's position on His Holiness the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent. He is a revered religious leader and is deeply respected by the people of India. There is no change in that position."