The Tibetan government-in-exile has defended the Dalai Lama after outrage over a video exhibiting the religious chief kissing a toddler on his lips and asking him to “suck my tongue”.
The Dalai Lama, revered by Tibetans as a “residing god”, had apologised to the minor boy and his household after a row erupted over the video. His staff had mentioned the 87-year-old religious chief “typically teases individuals he meets in an harmless and playful approach.”
Lobsang Sangay, the primary president of the Central Tibetan Administration, on Wednesday mentioned the Dalai Lama is a playful individual, however acknowledged his actions have been seen as “politically incorrect” from non-Tibetan views.
He additionally questioned the timing of the outrage, stating the incident occurred on February 28. “Why is it going viral now – after 5 weeks?”
“Folks ought to perceive, when you’ve watched the video with the boy, Tibetans will say the boy is so fortunate he bought a hug from his Holiness, and in addition bought a kiss. However from western and different views, I perceive it was politically incorrect,” mentioned Mr Sangay.
He referred to the apology issued by the religious chief’s workplace and mentioned, “that must be the top of the story. Folks ought to transfer ahead”.
He additionally mentioned the Dalai Lama performs with individuals even at formal conferences and shared a number of such situations.
The Dalai Lama, on his go to to the White Home, had advised then President Barack Obama he had massive ears and performed them, Mr Sangay recalled.
“He is pure and has no sick intentions,” he mentioned.