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I love Bush, not some of his policies: Dalai Lama

January 18, 2009

New Delhi, Jan 17, 2009 (PTI) "I love President George W Bush," Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said today evoking a stunned silence from an audience eagerly listening to him talk on non-violence.
Delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture, the Dalai Lama went on to add how he and the US President struck a chord immediately in their first meeting unlike politicians who take a while to develop close ties.
"I told him 'I love you but some of your policies I oppose'," said the spiritual leader to a loud round of applause from the audience that included Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, Election Commissioner Navin Chawla, and several ministers, diplomats and artistes.
The Dalai Lama said in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks he had asked Bush to spend billions of dollars on education and promotion of non-violence instead of warfare.
He asked India to take the lead in promoting the virtues of non-violence as it did during the times of Mahatma Gandhi.
"It is a mistake to take ahimsa for granted. There is a need to nurture that thought in India and export it to the world as happened during the times of Mahatma Gandhi," he said speaking on 'Non-violence: A Strategic Tool'.
The Tibetan leader pointed out that American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, South Africa's Nelson Mandela among others were attracted to non-violence because of Gandhi.
The Dalai Lama said he believed that moral ethics should not be based on religion but should be a part of the curriculum at the earliest stages of schooling. PTI
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