原文标题：Indian envoy in Tibet after 10 years
BEIJING: The Indian envoy to China, S Jaishankar, is on a rare visit to Tibet where he is touring Mount Kailash and Manasarovar — two religious centres frequented by Indian pilgrims, and areas that witnessed unrest and a number of self-immolations.
Jaishankar’s visit is the first such visit by a top Indian diplomat in a decade, after the 2002 visit of the then Indian Ambassador and present National Security Advisor, Shivshankar Menon.
Beijing invited Jaishankar to have first-hand look at the Himalayan region, specially sacred places like Manasarovar where it plans to step up investments to improve facilities for Indian pilgrims.
The rare visit of Jaishankar to Tibet has its own political significance.
During his ongoing tour, Jaishankar has already visited Mount Kailash and Manasarovar — the two most important sacred places visited by batches of Indian pilgrims every year.
He is scheduled to visit the Nepal border tomorrow from where the Indian pilgrims enter Tibet.
Speaking to this news agency here over the phone from Manasarovar, the envoy said Chinese officials were keen to improve facilities for the Indian pilgrims, whose numbers were steadily going up.
Officials in Tibet were very positive about improving facilities like transport, stay and food for the Indian pilgrims, he said.
“After meeting officials Mount Kailash and Manasarovar, I found the Chinese authorities are interested in further improving the facilities,” he said.
Indian pilgrims visit the holy places in batches. The visit of each batch lasts about two weeks. As the relations improved between the two countries, China appeared to be keen to make it easier and comfortable for the Indian pilgrims, considering the spiritual significance of the Himalayan pilgrim centres.
Besides the pilgrim centres, the Indian envoy would also be visiting other areas of Tibet, which along with neighbouring Tibetan prefectures in recent months witnessed a number of self-immolations, calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and to protest against the security curbs.
Ramesh Raghuvanshi (Pune [Maaharastra] India) 22 hrs ago
I went to Tibet in 1997 for Kailash and Mans sorower yatra.organised by government of. India.I spend 18 days in Tibet.China government charging too much to pilgrims, food and shelter facilities were very poor .Most worse facilities were their privy so dirty,and noxious unbearable to stay in toilet ten second also.India government requested to China government many times to permit us to build guest house .but that also refused.China is not interested that Indian pilgrim visit to Tibet.They don’t care about tourists and treating Indians disdainfully.
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SMV (Mumbai) replies to Ramesh Raghuvanshi
1997 to 2012 is a long way off. China is developing its infrastructure at a tremendous pace unmatched by anyone. I think it would be more appropriate to comment with resepct to present facilities provided than what existed almost one-and-a-half decades back.
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Good initiative and hope the facilities for the pilgrimages be further improved
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His visit is absolutely for the purpose of “Kailas and Manasoraver”! I hardly expect, he would be adding any meanings from any other Angle! The headline is distracting!
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Swami Vas (Hong Kong)
When those places having religious importance for Hindus are frequented by so many Indians, it is only appropriate for the Indian envoy to visit and see for himself the situation so that the pilgrims can be advised to take proper precautions before embarking on a tour! The gesture of the Chinese government to improve the facilities is commendable and will go a long way in further improving relations between the two countries!
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Roy C (UK)
Wow! That must have been a looooooong journey! Kidding 🙂
哇！那肯定是一个很长的旅行！ 开玩笑的拉 🙂
ashok (New Delhi)
I feel for the tib%tans they are slaves in there own home land
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Tenzin (Qinghai) replies to ashok 14 hrs ago
Correction : Tibetans were slaves in Tibet when the DL was there. Today they are free like anyone else in China and become rich as long as they don’t undermine the country working for the DL or the west.
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Monk Hermit (Rendered countryless by the Indians and Maosists ) replies to ashok 18 hrs ago
You moron feel for the Tibetinas! However, how about Nepal and Nepali whom you Indian racists and hypocrites treat like pseudo humen akin to slaves in our own country Nepal/ Hypocrites —For you have made Nepal as a mere colony of India and Indians treat us Nepali as servile people—
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wolverine (New Delhi) replies to ashok 19 hrs ago
Dude you look seriously HOT! Wanna go out for a drink?
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This is what is called ‘CHINESE Diplomacy’. Though the news headline suddenly created a sense of achievement by our political boss , the subsequent detail clarifies and remove any misconceived excitement on our diplomatic maneuverability. While the envoy/ Chinese officials have acquired freedom to move to various controversial places within India, our envoy Mr Jaishanker only obediently followed the conducted tour organized by the Chinese to show their magnanimity and earn a favorable verdict of world bodies on peace,harmony and progress in Tibet against the acquisition by Dalai Lama
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Tenzin (Qinghai) replies to jyotimukho 14 hrs ago
Why don’t you also visit Tibet and China ? See with your own eyes before making stereotype comments. Show readers you are a fair man.
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Durgesh (UK) replies to Tenzin 1 hr ago
Would love to. Had booked the passage as well but now the Chinese authorities have closed the border for British Hindus without any notice and any reason.
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jyotimukho replies to Tenzin
Dear Tenzin ,I appreciate your outburst/ annoyance on issues related to the CHINESE .Visit on conducted tour to china or OCCUPIED Tibet can not a dream to cherish. Any repetitive true picture of Chinese brutality on Tibetans will naturally appear to be stereotype to people like you. Why not you first advice your government to be a FAIR ruler of China,leave Tibet to Tibetans for the world to appreciate?
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Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha (Clinton, USA) 14 hrs ago
How interesting. Ever since the British brought back Buddhism to India, repairing and returning holy Buddhist sites like Sanchi, Sarnarth, Bodh Gaya to the growing Indian Buddhist population, Chinese pilgrimages to these sites have steadily increased. Now China is offering amenities to make it easier for Hindus to visit Hindu holy sites now in China. Maybe the cross exchange of pilgrims from both these faiths will flower into a cultural bond between China and India.
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Nagesh Badal (Mumbai) 20 hrs ago
A LOT OF THINGS INDIANS FAIL TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT TIBET, DALAI ‘S MIDDLE PATH, DEMANDING AUTONOMOUS TIBET AND DALAI AS SPIRITUAL HEAD IN AOTONOMOUS TIBET ETC. Tibetan’s lifestyle and their understanding of Dalai guiding them spiritually to lead a spiritual life style which Dalai claims to know is paradoxical in a Tibet in China of today. China has openly said that she beiieves in the priority of material prosperity; and therefore spiritual prosparity what ever Dalai tells to the world is at crossroad on the track China has chosen for Tibetans. India would in the long run suffer severe road blocks on her path for peace with China, India should start to revise her relations with Dalai. India should ask Dalai to go to Beijing and discuss his Middle Way with authorities there. Otherwise he will harm Indo-Chinese efforts to come nearer to an agreed peace process. For the present Indians should not be overwhelmed by China’s request to India’s counsel in Beijing to have a look in Tibet as if he will achieve anything positive in such a tour.
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Taklamalagi (KL) replies to Nagesh Badal 14 hrs ago
India will do the world a big favour if she can tell the DL to behave if he wants to continue living in India.
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