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I apologise if I have said something wrong, says Dalai Lama

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Tibetan the today apologised for his statement that India's was "self-centred."

On Wednesday, he had said Nehru had a "self-centred attitude" to become India's even though was in favour of taking the top post at that time.

He had also claimed India's partition would not have happened if Mahatma Gandhi's wish of Jinnah becoming the had materialised.

"My statement has created a controversy. I apologise if I have said something wrong," said the Dalai Lama, when he was asked by reporters to comment on what he meant by calling Nehru self-centred.

"I felt pity when I heard that was opposed to partition... There are more Muslims in than in Pakistan, but past is past," the said.

Addressing an event at the of Management in Sankhalim town on Wednesday, he said, "I think it was a little bit self-centred attitude of Pandit Nehru that he should be the prime minister... Mahatma Gandhiji's thinking, if it had materialised, then India, would have been united," he said.

"So Pandit Nehru, I know very well, (was a) very experienced person, very wise but sometimes mistake also happens," he said.

Addressing a gathering at an event called 'Thank You Karnataka' to commemorate 60 years of in exile here today, the 83-year-old monk said Nehru fully supported creation of a Tibetan settlement.

Nehru insisted that they should have separate Tibetan school for preserving the Tibetan issue, he said.

"Immediately he set up a committee headed by the ..at that time, we wrote to different states for the allocation of some land. The best sort of response came from the Mysore state. One major factor was late Nijalingappa, who extraordinarily showed concern for the Tibetan cause. He promised me he will support the Tibetan cause," the said.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 18:16 IST
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