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The Dalai Lama: The devil within
People&Power looks at the Dalai Lama and land issues between a billionaire and a fisherman.
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2009 07:14 GMT

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People &Power looks back at the best fims of 2008.

The Dalai Lama is revered as a hero by his people and respected world wide for his peaceful philosophy, yet a number of exiled Tibetan Buddhists living in India no longer believe in his leadership.

The Dalai Lama is being accused of religious discrimination after imposing a ban on the worship of a 500 year old deity called Dorje Shugden.

Across the world four million Buddhist Tibetans worship this particular deity.

The ban has created tension and dissent amongst the one million Tibetans living in India and in May 400 monks were thrown out of monasteries because of their religious beliefs.

In the Tibetan refugees camps Shugden worshippers have been shunned away from jobs, shops, and schools. Hospital and shop fronts are placarded with posters "no Shugden followers allowed".

The tension has been fueled by the exiled Tibetan government who brandish Shugden worshippers as terrorist closely linked to China.

With tension at its highest Shugden followers in India have decided to take matters into their own hands, taking the Dalai Lama to court for religious discrimination.

The case against the Dalai Lama is still with the courts, we hope to bring you an update later in the year.
 
Trumped

Retired fisherman Forbes is fighting to keep his land from becoming a golf course.
In part two People&Power looks at a land dispute between a powerful US business man and a Scottish fisherman.

You might have heard of Donald Trump. He is a billionaire business man based in New York with a passion for development.

His latest project is an enormous golf complex on a stretch of idyllic Scottish coastline that promises investment to rural Aberdeenshire.

Michael Forbes you probably have not heard of. He is a retired Scottish fisherman who lives on and owns a patch of Aberdeenshire coastline Trump wants for this golf course. 

Forbes says he won't sell it for love nor money but if Trump can prove that the project is of national significance then Forbes and his family could be forced out of their home, and off their land.

Two years ago, when Michael Forbes was out mending his nets, Donald Trump appeared and asked to buy Forbes' land.

Trump's plans were in fact already underway. In 2006 he had bought 1,400 acres of the surrounding estate for nearly £5 million.

He wanted this last spot to make his proposed £300m golf resort, his first in Europe. 

When Trump offered this Scottish fisherman £375, 000 for the land Forbes wrote him a short note: 'Not for sale'.

Trump's promises of millions of pounds-worth of investment for this alleged neglected part of Scotland are hard for the Scottish government to turn down.

Jenny Dare visited the tranquil edge of coastline in dispute to investigate what drives this Scotsman to keep up his battle against the American billionaire.

The Scottish government has formally issued planning permission for the golf resort but Donald Trump has not yet persuaded Michael Forbes to sell his land.

This episode of People&Power airs from Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 0130GMT, 1230GMT and 1930GMT; Wednesday: 0330GMT, 1030GMT and 2230GMT; Thursday: 1030GMT.

Originally 'The Dalai Lama: The devil within' aired on September 30, 2008 and  'Trumped' on July 22, 2008.

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