17 November 2008: How should India respond if Tibetan representatives from all over the world gathered in Dharamshala at the invitation of the Dalai Lama decide by a majority to radicalize the independence struggle against Chinese rule? Necessarily, this radicalization will have to be approved by the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, and the Dalai Lama will have a decisive say in the final outcome, although he may or may not choose to exercise his say. After all, it was his "middle path" approach of negotiating with the Chinese, "meaningful autonomy" for Tibet which is less than independence, that was keeping back the more hot-headed, youthful elements in the Tibetan movement for independence. The fact that the Dalai Lama himself called the Dharamshala meeting for expression of "the real opinions and views of the Tibetan people through free and frank discussions" suggests that he wants to be a neutral observer. In which case, unless the reading of this writer is hopelessly wrong, by the end of the week-long discussions in Dharamshala, a majority opinion looks certain to emerge to radicalize the independence struggle against China. So how should India respond to this?