March 18, 2018, 4:51 pm IST
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Dalai Lama to skip Science Congress 

Dalai Lama to skip Science Congress 

 Mar 13, 2018

The Dalai Lama will not attend the Indian Science Congress, which opens in Manipur later this week, a conference organiser has said.

The monk was one of several Nobel laureates invited as chief guests, and the organisers had said the monk had confirmed his participation. His latest decision comes after the cancellation of an event here where he was expected.

The event, planned at Rajghat, was meant to mark his 60th year in exile in India, but was moved to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh following a government communiqué distancing officialdom from the commemoration.

Tibetan expatriates scaled down or cancelled several other events that had been planned to mark the occasion.

Dr. Achyuta Samanta, general president of the Indian Science Congress Association, said the monk had expressed inability to attend the event. 'We were also told that he had visited Manipur two months ago.'

The government has side-stepped questions on its directive to officials about shunning the Tibetan celebrations. It has officially maintained that there's been no change in India's position on the Dalai Lama.

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