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Dalai Lama apathetic toward loss of life

(Xinhua)

08:36, May 17, 2012

The Dalai Lama has openly refused to condemn the act of lamas in China's Tibetan areas setting themselves on fire.

The so-called "spiritual leader" of Tibetan Buddhists this week turned a cold shoulder to the loss of life with an abrupt "No answer" to a journalist's question about whether monks should stop their self-immolation.

The Dalai Lama is apparently basking in glory these days, after receiving the 1.77-million-U.S. dollar Templeton Prize and meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, to the indignation and protest of the Chinese government.

The remnant influence of the "spiritual leader," even after his alleged retirement last year, delighted him so much that he does not seem to care about the loss of ordinary lives.

Or maybe he never did.

The lives of ordinary Tibetans were always considered dirt cheap under the Dalai Lama's rule in old Tibet.

The 14th Dalai Lama has allegedly been fighting for the rights and interests of Tibetans since he fled China in 1959. Such claims, however, are merely meant to appease devout Tibetan Buddhists who still have faith in him and to persuade his Western patrons to continue to support his "Tibet independence" movement, which aims eventually to separate Tibet from China.

With that goal in mind, the Dalai Lama was certainly happy to see the Tibet issue become an international political issue. Furthermore, the spate of self-immolations over the past year has served him well by drawing wider international attention.

It is thus easy to understand why the Dalai Lama has remained silent and apathetic toward the deaths and injuries resulting from these tragic events.

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