Dalai Lama, 83, hospitalised with chest infection

Tibetan spiritual leader fled to India in early 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule


Reuters April 09, 2019
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. PHOTO: REUTERS

MUMBAI: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was admitted to a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday with chest infection, an aide said, adding that the 83-year-old Buddhist monk was 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.

"Today morning his holiness felt some discomfort and he was flown to Delhi for check-up," Tenzin Taklha, his personal secretary, said. "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."

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.

He said last month 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.

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