It seems that along with Tibetan Buddhist institutions, Indian democracy is also under siege. State government motives surrounding the recent outrage against His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa have suddenly become transparent. The following story has just been released in Indian media, quoting the renegade Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, architect of the raids at Gyuto Tantric Monastery:
"Shimla, Feb 1 (PTI) In the wake of seizure of huge foreign currency and other documents from Karmapa's transit home, the Himachal government today said it was contemplating to set up a refugee unit to keep tab on activities of Tibetans in the state.
Chief Minister P K Dhumal, who attended the chief ministers' conference on internal security in Delhi and met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, said seizure of foreign currency from the monastery was under investigation and the government would provide all the information to Centre.
However, he posed a question to the Centre to clarify that whether the Tibetans settled in the state are ''guests or exiles."
"We will set up a Tibetan refugee unit in the state intelligence department in Shimla and a refugee cell in Dharamsala in consultation with the Union Home ministry and External Affairs Ministry to monitor activities of exiles settled in the state," Dhumal said.
There are more than 27,500 Tibetan exiles in the state, mainly in and around Dharamsala, Shimla, Manali and Rewalsar."