Non-violence key to international relations: Dalai Lama

October 2nd, 2011 - 8:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Oct 2 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Sunday has said that “non-violence continues to be important in our day-to-day lives as well as in international relations”.

Noting that Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary Oct 2, is designated International Non-Violence Day, the Nobel Peace Prize winner said many thousands of people all over the world would be celebrating non-violence.

He asked thousands of people, who had gathered from across the globe here, to join him in observing a minute’s silence.

The Dalai Lama, 76, has been following a “middle-path” policy that seeks greater autonomy for Tibetans in China rather than complete independence.

He, along with many of his supporters, fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959.

He then headed a Tibetan government-in-exile which never won recognition from any country.

India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans.

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