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India's Religious Tolerance a Role Model for World: Dalai Lama

June 2, 2008

Press Trust of India (PTI)
June 1, 2008
New Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) -- Lauding India for its secular values,
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today said the country's
"religious tolerance" can be a "role model" for the rest of the world.

"India's long tradition of religions tolerance can be a role model
for rest of the world," he said here while speaking at an
international Anti-Terrorism Conference which was attended by leaders
from several countries.

"Major religions of the world like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and
Sikhism originated in India and it provided shelter to followers of
religions like Zoroastrianism. These can be a model for rest of the
world," he said.

Referring to Pakistan and Iraq, where Shia-Sunni strife has claimed
hundreds of lives, he said it is India where people of all religions
and sects live peacefully.

Condemning terrorism across the world, he said: "some people's
actions raise finger to all others. This is wrong... We have to
consider human values and think about humanity as a whole. It is a
universal responsibility." "All major religions essentially has great
potential to bring genuine peace on this planet," he said and urged
people to "promote secular values and religious harmony".

"We have no difference. Emotionally, mentally and physically we are
the same. For our own interests, we have to take care of six billion
human beings," he said.

Union Science Minister Kapil Sibal said terrorism should not be used
as a political weapon. "Making it an electoral issue will encourage
terrorists," he said.

Comparing terrorism with HIV, Sibal said: "the disease knows no
boundary. We need global cooperation and understanding to check it.
The nations indulging in arms supply and financing terrorists for
narrow political gains must stop such activities." PTI
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