Dalai Lama regrets remarks on Nehru

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama today regretted over his earlier remarks blaming former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the partition of India. Deploring that his statement on Nehru has created a controversy, he extended his apologises over it “if I said something wrong”, he said.

The 83-year-old Nobel laureate speaking to the students at the Goa Institute of Management at Sanquelim in north Goa, two days ago, had said: “Mahatma Gandhi wanted to give the prime ministership to (Mohammad Ali) Jinnah. But Nehru refused. He was self-centred. He said, ‘I wanted to be Prime Minister’. India and Pakistan would have been united (had Jinnah been made Prime Minister at the time)”.

The Dalai Lama, however, apologised for the remarks and thanked Nehru for supporting the Tibetans’ cause when thousands of them, including monks, fled their motherland after China annexed the mountain country in 1950.

“I had a close relationship with Nehru, who suggested to have separate schools to preserve the Tibetan thought. He (Nehru) supported the Tibetans’ cause,” the 14th Dalai Lama added.

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