Dalai Lama lauds principle of non-violence

April 2nd, 2009 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Haridwar, Apr 2 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama lauded the principle of non-violence, propagated by Mahatma Gandhi, terming it as essential in today’s world.

“The concept of non-violence is relevant in today’s world. Today’s world, where there is lot of division, lot of hatred, including terrorism, in such a world, we really need the concept of non-violence. It is very essential,” he said in an address to a gathering of religious leaders here.

The exiled spiritual leader is a great proponent of the principle of non-violence and has been leading the Tibetan freedom movement along the same principle for the past 50 years.

Appreciating the multi-religious fabric of Indian society, the Dalai Lama said, “India is the only country where so many different traditions live together. It has a strong tradition of pluralism, religion and harmony.”

After a failed uprising against Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama fled from Tibet in 1959 and set up a Tibetan government-in-exile in India, which has an estimated 80,000 followers.

Tibetans recently celebrated a ‘Thank You’ festival aimed to convey their appreciation towards the Indian government and people for providing them shelter since their flight to India in 1959. (ANI)

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