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‘Young India should stand up against violence’

April 14, 2011

April 06, 2011 4:08:49 AM

Team Viva

Reminding today’s youth of their capabilities and responsibilities, Nobel laureate and crusader of justice and liberation of the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama feels young Indians should come forward to fight against violence and preserve the ethos of non-violence given by its great leaders.

“On non-violence and spirituality, I have nothing to say to Indians, they know it better than me. Non-violence is an act of compassion, general sense of concern about other’s well-being rather than showing harsh attitude to each other. You already know these things for at least the last 2,000 modern years,” he said. The spiritual leader was present at a discussion on Non-violence and Spiritual Values in Secular India to mark celebrations of the birth centenary of the former President of India R Venkataraman (1910-2009).

The Dalai Lama also asked young Indians to pay greater attention to eradicating the ills of their society — the caste system, the dowry system and other discrimination. “Indians are our guru of non-violence and rigid harmony. When secularism is such a part of our ethos, one wonders why it often comes under the cloud in our country. It is our good fortune that our religious leaders have taken the lead in educating people but their work is not powerful enough to prevent politicians from bringing the idea of secularism under the cloud,” he added.

The eminent speakers included former speaker of Lok Sabha and chief minister of Meghalaya PA Sangma, politician-lawyer Salman Khurshid and great philosopher and social reformer Swami Dayanand Saraswati. “Ahimsa is not manmade, it’s natural. There are different types and shades of it. This should be understand well by all the people,” said Swamiji.
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