‘I apologise’ says the Dalai Lama on comment against Jawaharlal Nehru

'I apologise' says the Dalai Lama on comment against Jawaharlal Nehru

Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Friday apologised for his comment on former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and said “My statement has created controversy, if I said something wrong I apologise,” the Dalai Lama said.

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On Wednesday, during an interaction held at Goa Institute of Management, he said that Nehru was a self centered man “Mahatma Gandhi wanted to give the prime ministership to (Mohammad Ali) Jinnah. But Nehru refused. He was self-centred. He said, ‘I wanted to be Prime Minister’. India and Pakistan would have been united (had Jinnah been made Prime Minister at the time). Pandit Nehru is very experienced. But mistakes do happen,” he added.

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Recalling how the problem in Tibet with China had started becoming worse, he said the attitude of Chinese officers kept on being more and more aggressive. “So then on 17th night, in spite of all my efforts to cool down the situation, that very day, I decided that I cannot remain here and I escaped,” he said. “(In the) meantime, the feeling whether I will see tomorrow or not topped my mind,” he added.

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