Dalai Lama hospitalised with chest infection

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was admitted to a New Delhi hospital last evening, with chest infection. The 83-year-old Buddhist monk is said to be stable.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in early 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, lives in exile in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala.

His personal secretary Tenzin Taklha said that Tuesday morning his holiness felt some discomfort and was flown to Delhi for check-up. Doctors have diagnosed him with chest infection and he is being treated for that. His condition is stable now. He will be treated for two three days here, he added.

Many of the up to 100,000 Tibetans living in India are worried that their fight for a genuinely autonomous homeland would end with the Dalai Lama. Last month, he said that it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.

China, which took control of Tibet in 1950, brands the Nobel peace laureate a dangerous separatist and has said its leaders have the right to approve the Dalai Lama’s successor, as a legacy inherited from China’s emperors.

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