There are fears for the Dalai Lama after the 83-year-old Buddhist leader was rushed 300 miles to the Indian capital with a chest infection.
‘Today morning his holiness felt some discomfort and he was flown to Delhi for check-up,’ Tenzin Taklha, his personal secretary said.
‘Doctors have diagnosed him with chest infection and he is being treated for that. His condition is stable now. He will be treated for two three days here.’
The spiritual leader, who fled to India in early 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, lives in exile in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala.
The Dalai Lama gestures during a group hearing at the Palais des Congres, in Paris in September 2016
Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama delivers teachings during the first day of New Year or ‘Losar’ in the northern hill town of Dharamsala in 2012
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.
He said last month that it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.
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.