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India must change, give up lazy attitude: Dalai Lama

February 22, 2011

2011-02-18 22:40:00
Last Updated: 2011-02-19 01:46:52

Mumbai: India needs to buck up, the 'lazy attitude is holding it back',
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Friday addressing
students of Mumbai University here.

'Dowry, gender discrimination would be the ancient traditional practices
here but India needs to understand now that all of it is outdated. India
must change,' he said.

'The lazy attitude is holding it (India) back,' the Dalai Lama said in
his address to around 500 students of the university.

He insisted that it is important to club the ancient India culture with
the new conception and views. 'The realistic approach will help here,'
he said.

'This reality check will give you an ability to look at a problem with
an objective and non-biased mindset, only then the problem will be
solved,' he added.

Earlier, he termed himself a student of ancient Indian teachers.

'I am a 'chela' (student) of the ancient Indian 'gurus' (religious
teachers),' he said in his opening speech on 'Ancient Wisdom, Modern
Thoughts'.

The Dalai Lama appreciated the communal harmony of India, saying that it
is the biggest democratic and secular country.

'The constitution of this country holds the sacred word of secularism
which asks for respecting all the communities and religions,' said the
Tibetan spiritual leader.

Appreciating Mahatma Gandhi's ideology of non-violence, the Dalai Lama
said it has been appreciated and accepted all over the world by leaders
like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.

'India needs to spread such sacred ideologies to the entire world for
good. And universities are the places where this spreading of thoughts
can be started. Educationists should take a lead while involving
students with these thoughtful ideologies of the ancient India leaders,'
he said.

Pointing out the responsibility of a varsity, Dalai Lama said it is the
responsibility of teachers to put right values in the minds of today's
youth.

Earlier Friday, Dalai Lama inaugurated a three-day convention of
Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica on 'A holistic approach to the realm
of Neurosurgery' where he mentioned that the 21st century will be a
century of dialogues to bring in world peace.

The Dalai Lama will Saturday felicitate Super 30 founder Anand Kumar,
whose pioneering initiative has helped many students from the
underprivileged sections of society crack the IIT-JEE at a programme
organised by the Bihar Foundation, Mumbai chapter.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since 1959 when he fled Tibet after a
failed anti-Communist uprising. His government-in-exile, not recognised
by any country, is based in Dharamsala, in Himachal Pradesh.
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