Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been listed among the 'Top 25 Political Icons' of all time by TIME magazine, describing him as “not only the greatest and most public advocate for Tibetan rights and the virtues of Tibetan Buddhism, but for interfaith tolerance and peace as well to people around the world.”
"The Dalai Lama's humility has endeared him to presidents and religious leaders of several countries, affording him the opportunity to raise awareness and drum up support for Tibet on a global scale," the magazine said.
The list announced on Sunday, featured other political icons such as Mahatma Gandhi, Alexander the Great, Mao Zedong, Winston Churchill, Genghis Khan, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Ronald Reagan, Cleopatra, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dalai Lama, Queen Victoria, Benito Mussolini, Akbar the Great, Lenin, Margaret Thatcher, Simon Bolivar, Qin Shi Huang, Kim Il-Sung, Charles de Gaulle, Louis XIV, Haile Selassie, King Richard the Lion heart and Saladin.
The Dalai Lama, 75, whom Beijing brands a separatist, fled into exile in 1959 and established his government-in-exile in Dharamshala, India.
Since coming into exile, the Tibetan spiritual leader has promoted Buddhism across the world and brought the situation in Tibet to the attention of governments and the public.The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1989 in recognition of his work on behalf of the Tibetan people. China accuses him of inciting a separatist movement in Tibet. He says he is not seeking independence for Tibet, just greater autonomy.