In an interview published in the Indian Express, an English daily from India, on August 7, 2006, the Dalai Lama is quoted as saying, “Our demand is autonomy for Tibet, for preserving and following our religion, culture and environment.”
The newspaper says, “the Dalai Lama declared he wasn’t disturbed by the latest Chinese tirade against him and said he has stuck to the idea of a middle-path: autonomy for Tibet under the constitutional framework of China. An article published by China’s Tibet Information Centre recently had come down heavily on his attempts to reject the political system in Tibet.”
“Asserting that the solution is through a dialogue with China, he said he would resign the moment the Tibetan freedom movement took a violent turn,” the report added.
Indian Express said, “He was critical of Chinese methods in Tibet. He felt the Chinese had “effective propaganda machines” and they practised Communist “methodology” such as “oppression”, and not the ideology.”
The newspaper said, “The Dalai Lama is seriously thinking about his successor. The spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetan Buddhists says the candidate should ideally be from the Tibetan community in exile in India, though he is quick to add that the name should be acceptable to all Tibetans.”
“As the 14th Dalai Lama, I took the Tibetans out of the country to India and began the movement of getting the homeland back. My successor should fulfill this objective,” the Dalai Lama quoted by the newspaper as saying.