India’s restraint against Pak commendable: Dalai Lama

A file photo of the Dalai Lama taken on 20 November 2008 in Dharamshala

A file photo of the Dalai Lama taken on 20 November 2008 in Dharamshala, India. The Dalai Lama praised the way India handled the situation with Pakistan after the Mumbai terrorist siege. File photo/Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal/India


RAJKOT, India, 6 January 2009

Tibetan spiritual guru the Dalai Lama has lauded India’s restrained yet assertive manner in dealing with Pakistan after terrorists backed by ISI killed nearly 200 persons in Mumbai.

“I really admire the way government of India is handling the situation with Pakistan. Despite some people [from Pakistan] involved in terrorist attack, India has remained calm and is following the policy of non-violence,” Dalai Lama said in Mahuva, where he is participating in a six-day congregation of world spiritual leaders that began on Tuesday.

The meeting is being organised at the Kailash Gurukul and initiated by renowned Ram Katha orator Morari Bapu. Acting with restraint is the best answer to those spreading hatred in the world, he added. Recalling his message to US president George Bush after the ghastly 9/11 terror strike, he said, “I had written to him that if you kill an Osama Bin Laden today, 10 more will emerge tomorrow. Non-violence is the only long-term solution to curb the menace of terrorism.”

On the occasion, Morari Bapu said the motive of the meet is bringing various religions on a single platform for exchange of ideas. “Discussions will be held at two levels. One is open for public where religious leaders will deliver their speeches and tell us about the principles of their religion. In the second level, we will sit together with all religious dignitaries and discuss various issues including terrorism, communalism and religious hatred,” he said. The meet will be attended by leaders from all religions. The programme will end on 11 January.

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