The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama was admitted to a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday with a chest infection. The 83-year-old Buddhist monk is reportedly stable. 

Up to 100,000 Tibetans living in India are worried that their struggle for a genuinely autonomous homeland would end with the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama fled to India in early 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, and currently lives in exile in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala.

In conversation with a private news agency in March, the Dalai Lama stated that it was possible that once he died his incarnation could be found in India, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.

China on the other hand has stated that i’s leaders have the right to approve the Dalai Lama’s successor, as a legacy inherited from China’s emperors. China, which took control of Tibet in 1950, brands the Nobel peace laureate a dangerous separatist.