From the start, Delhi never did really have a Tibet card, so to speak. India being a more political savvy country had advised Tibet to take a couple of preventive political moves but due to Tibet's non-response, the window of opportunity closed. Was these bad advises from Nechung Oracle I wonder. Anyway due to the help from Dorje Shugden, the Dalai Lama and his entourage was able to escape to India. From that moment on, I don't see any political card anymore. Why would China who moved into Tibet with tight control be willing to cede to India, even if India did stand up for Tibet? Would India really sacrifice itself for another, especially now it means invading into "China" territory. If Tibet had taken the advise to apply itself into UN membership, then it comes under the purview of UN who may had taken suitable steps to prevent hostile invasion of its member country. Any way all these are old news and the way is only forward. As China is now the leader of the world economy as recently announced, India would do well to be on friendly trade terms with China. The Dalai Lama being the spiritual head of the Tibetans-In-Exile and CTA the governing body, CTA will need to change their policy of self grasping to governance of equality. They will do well by first restoring their people's human rights, religious freedom and to unite all their people, especially the wrongful ban on Dorje Shugden practice that had segregated and discriminated the Buddhist practitioners. Whether they fulfil the Dalai Lama's wish for autonomy of Tibet or not, they will still need to be on good terms with China for posterity. I don't see US supporting for much too long and definitely not when the Dalai Lama passes on (may His Holiness live long). I think it would do India a world of good to start cleaning their backyard and advice the CTA to clean up their act, on their misappropriation of sponsored funds and abusive rule, etc. Wake up CTA, it is the look East policy now...sun rises from the East in case you lose your direction.