January 26, 2009
Below is an article published by: Tibet Custom
Calling for an immediate end to the use of force against the Tibetan people by China, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said "stability cannot be created by force, but rather by trust".
"The trust should come out of mutual respect and therefore the people and government of China must deal with the issue realistically and logically," His Holiness Dalai Lama, who on a visit to address the students of Madras University, told reporters in Chennai on Wednesday [21January 2009].
On the prospect of achieving genuine autonomy for Tibet, His Holiness said: "Yes.. I am sure we will achieve autonomy... it's only a matter of time before that will happen."
"While the spirit and determination of the present generation of Tibetans is stronger than the previous ones, there is more global awareness about our struggle," His Holiness said, adding that the Tibetan issue is supported by a section of the people of China.
Many Chinese people, including students, teachers, lawyers and intellectuals have expressed support for the Tibetan people's peaceful call for freedom in Tibet and their deep-seated against the wrong policies of the Chinese government. The Chinese government must look at our struggle logically and realistically," His Holiness said.
Stating that he wanted the modernisation and development of Tibet, His Holiness asserted that the people would not take to violent ways of struggle.
His Holiness expressed his gratitude to the Government of India for offering the 'best facilities' to Tibetan refugees.
"No country in the world offers as good educational and other facilities like India does to Tibetan refugees," His Holiness said.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama returned to Dharamshala on Thursday, 22 January .