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Dalai Lama, 83, taken to hospital in India

Dalai Lama, 83, taken to hospital in India

The 83-year-old Dalai Lama has been hospitalized in Delhi with the chest infection, BBC reported.

Dalai Lama’s private aide Tenzin Taklha confirmed that the spiritual leader is in the hospital so far but his condition is stable. The Tibetan leader was flown to Delhi from his hill town base after complaining of discomfort. In the Indian capital, he was examined by the doctors who advised the 83-year-old man to spend several days in a hospital. His chest infection is curable and poses no threat to health.

“Doctors have diagnosed him with a chest infection and he is being treated for that. His condition is stable now. He will be treated for two-three days here,” Tenzin Taklha told on Wednesday.

Over decades, the Nobel peace laureate travels a lot, he is a hugely popular speaker but has cut down his global engagements in recent years. The current chest infection could be a sign of banal physical fatigue.

The 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader fled to India 60 years ago after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

China took control of Tibet in 1950 and sees the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist. Who will succeed the Dalai Lama when he dies remains both unclear and contentious. China says its leaders have the right to choose a successor. But last month, the Dalai Lama reiterated that any leader named by China would not be accepted by Tibetans. In Tibetan Buddhist belief, the soul of its most senior lama is reincarnated into the body of a child.