Karmapa visited the TCV Youth Hostel in Rohini, Delhi where he spoke with over 300 college going Tibetan students on August 9, 2014.
He said, "Politics is not the only issue connected with Tibet issue. It has many facets. Buddhist religion and its tradition and culture, and many others are related with Tibet issue including environmental issues."
During the question-answer session of the talk, one of the students from the audience urged the Karmapa to speak about the political issues of Tibet with his followers from mainland China as he has more followers than the Dalai Lama there, to which the Karmapa disagreed and said, "If Tibetan Lamas spoke more frequently about political issues of Tibet then there will be a danger of devotees running away from them."
Karmapa also said that since the former Karmapas over the last 800 years were not involved in politics, he too will follow their footsteps and take interest instead in the environmental issues of Tibet.