According to a Bloomberg report, various senior officials in India, including in the Prime Minister's office, have been discussing how the country can influence the choice of the next Dalai Lama. India hosts the Tibetan government-in-exile in the city of Dharamsala and only recognized Tibet as part of China till 2003.
From January to March this year, India convened five separate assemblies of senior monks from various sects and schools along its Himalayan border with China. Such a gathering was organised for the first time in more than 2,000 years. India hopes that the group of senior monks will grant international legitimacy to the Dalai Lama's successor and lead the Tibetans in the interim period, as it could take over two decades for a reincarnation to come of age.