The invite to the Dalai Lama is significant in the context of an attempt by the government to distance itself from the Tibetan spiritual leader to ensure ties with China were not further strained.
The Tibetan governmentin-exile had earlier cancelled an event at Rajghat and shifted another to Dharamsala, which was meant to commemorate Dalai Lama’s 60th year in exile in India. The science congress will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on March 16. Modi and the Dalai Lama will not share the dais though as the latter will arrive in Imphal only on March 17. The government recently clarified that there was no change in its Tibet policy.