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Dalai Lama, 83, hospitalized with chest infection

Published: April 10, 2019

STORY: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was admitted to a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday (April 09) with chest infection.

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 Dharamsala.

He was flown to New Delhi for a check-up after he felt discomfort. He was being treated for a chest infection and his condition was stable, said media reports.

Exiled Tibetans in Dharamsala wished for his speedy recovery. A Tibetan in exile based in the town said he is praying that the Dalai Lama lives longer.

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.

China, which took control of Tibet in 1950, brands the Nobel peace laureate a dangerous separatist and has said its leaders have the right to approve the Dalai Lama’s successor, as a legacy inherited from China’s emperors.

But many Tibetans – whose tradition holds that the soul of a senior Buddhist monk is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death – suspect any Chinese role as a ploy to exert influence on the community.

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