His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has already said that he will not be reborn in an are under Chinese control. How does he know this? "Logically," he says, "the previous life escaped from Chinese hands so the next life should also be out of Chinese control." That might strike some as a little silly, but far from laughing, the People's Republic recently issued a proclamation banning tulkus from reincarnating without government permission. Now that is surely totalitarianism at its best, right up there with Stalin telling Lenin's widow, "If you can't behave, we'll find Lenin a new widow."