Dalai Lama admitted in hospital after complaining of ‘mild discomfort’

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Dalai Lama’s private office mentioned that he was “taken to Max hospital” in New Delhi and there was “nothing serious”

The Dalai Lama has been admitted to hospital in New Delhi for treatment but is "doing much better" and should be released soon, his close aide told AFP on Wednesday.

Spokesman Tenzin Taklha said the Dalai Lama is under medication and likely to spend a day or two in the hospital.

The Dalai Lama had returned to Dharamsala on Monday after meeting youth global leaders in New Delhi on April 7.

Many of his supporters took to social media to wish the Dalai Lama recovery, including Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of the East Indian state of Odisha, who said that "the world needs him". "As for the reincarnation, this is clear that particular inheritance of the system of Tibetan Buddhism has fixed rituals and we have relevant regulations to respect this heritage (system)", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said here.

Numerous close to 100,000 Tibetans who live in India fear that their fight for a homeland will end once the Dalai Lama dies.

The Tibetan spiritual leader enjoys wide support across the partisan divide in Washington, where a senator raised the issue of his succession at a hearing Tuesday.

"The reincarnation system has been there for hundreds of years".

"I am not aware of the physical condition of the 14th Dalai Lama".

Following a brutal crackdown of the Tibetan national uprising by Chinese troops, the Dalai Lama was forced to escape into exile in 1959.

China also defended its policies in Tibet in a white paper released in Beijing last month, highlighting that Tibet's GDP grew by 191 times since China took over the Himalayan region in 1950.

The 83-year-old leader came down here from Dharamshala for the check-up at the Max hospital in Saket, they said.

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