"A classification system used to categorise humans into distinct populations or groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, genetic, geographical, historical, linguistic, religious, and/or social affiliation.”
Racism can be defined as:
“The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”
When a group of people are labeled according to a certain religious belief or affiliation and their access to public services, jobs, livelihoods and social freedoms are denied or restricted on the basis of this belief or affiliation this is racism.
This site deals with the issues surrounding the Dalai Lama's ban of a religious practice, the discrimination faced by Shugden Buddhists, and the protests that take place to try and force the Dalai Lama to address the issue and find a resolution.
Indian Diplomat in Secret Talks with Dalai Lama
As the images above show, the head of the Indian embassy in the UK held secret talks with the Dalai Lama on Monday of this week. Whilst senior Indian politicians have been telling the Chinese they are keeping a discrete distance from the Dalai Lama to aid trade discussions this meeting is sure to cast doubts on their claims.
Mr Mathai is the most senior Indian diplomat in the UK. The fact the talks were held in secret at the Dalai Lama's secluded hotel rather than at the Indian embassy appears to indicate they didn't want the media to find out. As soon as ISC protesters began to demonstrate outside the hotel both the Dalai Lama and Mr Mathai scrambled to escape before news of their meeting got out.
The Dalai Lama's security stopped traffic on Buckingham Gate to allow Mr Mathai and the Dalai Lama's vehicles to leave the hotel and travel to a property in Kensington to continue their discussions. The Indian embassy have so far refused all requests for comment.
No doubt Mr Modi will face pressure from the Chinese to explain why the talks were taking place and why they were conducted so clandestinely. More to follow.
Admission of Segregation
On 16th September 2015 the Dalai Lama admitted to the BBC that there is religious segregation within the Tibetan exile community. Previously the Dalai Lama's representatives have denied such segregation exists.
By his own admission the Dalai Lama has vindicated the claims made by the International Shugden Community and shown that his representatives have been systematically lying to the world's media.
They have lied to cover up widespread discrimination and persecution of exile Tibetans who choose to have different religious views to the Dalai Lama. The most shocking aspect of this video is that the Dalai Lama seems to think it's funny. He blames Shugden Buddhists for the problem and then laughs and walks off.
It would appear that the real Dalai Lama, as seen by the BBC, is very different to the one his PR team promote.
In the clip shown below Joseph Hall of the BBC asks the Dalai Lama directly about the allegations of widespread religious segregation of Shugden Buddhists within his exile community, "They're saying there's segregation, do you agree?"
Once he is certain he fully understands the question the Dalai Lama replies, "Yes. They themselves created that. Ha, ha, ha, ha."