As incredible as it may seem, the Government of India has refused an exit visa to the 17th Karmapa, thus preventing his travel to Europe next month, for a long-planned and much-anticipated tour. Here is the official statement by Ringu Tulku, the tour coordinator:
Dear Dharma Friends,I am sad to announce that the proposed visit of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje was not approved by the Government of India. The visit was scheduled to take place from 27th May to 2nd July in nine countries of Europe.The Kagyu Office, the Administration of Gyalwang Karmapa was informed of the decision by the Tibetan Government in Exile on 3rd April 2010. The process has begun to find out why this visit was not possible and what positive conditions are needed to make the visit possible in near future.I know a huge number of followers and friends in Europe were eagerly waiting for the visit of Gyalwang Karmapa and I know that all of you are sad and disappointed.I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organizers, volunteers and donors for working so hard to prepare for the visit in last many months. Your cooperation and support were beyond any expectations.I hope and pray together with you that the visit will happen in very near future and that all of us would be able to receive his teachings in Europe.
We can speculate about the reasons for this, but speculation in the absence of facts is useless. It will take some clever investigation to find out the true story, and until then, one simply does not know what political countermeasures might be useful. While it could be convenient to take immediate aim at the Indian government, chances are good this was not a unilateral Indian government decision.