Dalai Lama's visit to Kumbh cancelled due to security reasons
The proposed visit of Tibetan
spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to the Maha Kumbh congregation
here has been cancelled due to security reasons, a senior
Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader said today.
"The Dalai Lama's three-day tour, which was to begin
today, has been cancelled as the necessary security clearance
could not be obtained from the Uttar Pradesh government," VHP
Kashi Prant President Manoj Srivastava said.
However, senior UP government officials have refused to
comment on the cancellation of Dalai Lama's visit.
Srivastava said "the Dalai Lama was expected to
inaugurate a Lama Nagar, situated inside our camp, where
Buddhist literature and Tibetan artefacts will be on display".
However, "The Lama Nagar will be inaugurated, in presence
of our patron Ashok Singhal, by Buddhist monks who had arrived
a few days earlier," he said.
"Although there is disappointment over cancellation of
the spiritual leader's tour, his message of peace and
brotherhood will nevertheless be disseminated at the ongoing
The visit of the Dalai Lama, who was scheduled to take
part in a number of functions organized at the Kumbh by the
VHP, had triggered protests from some religious leaders on the
ground that Buddhists did not believe in the "sanctity of the
However, the VHP has been claiming that Buddhism "like
Jainism and Sikhism, is an offshoot of Vedanta philosophy" and
that the Dalai Lama has been attending a number of functions
organized by Hindu outfits.