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Dalai Lama inaugurates World Peace Festival in Pune

October 13, 2010

ANI
October 10, 2010

Pune, Oct. 10 (ANI) -- Tibetan spiritual leader
Dalai Lama inaugurated the World Peace Festival here on Sunday.

A Pune-based charitable trust organised the
'World Peace...Piece by Piece', and the end of
the initiative, 'Happy Thoughts - World Peace
Festival', was organised across 50 cities in the country on Sunday.

The Dalai Lama complimented India for championing
the cause of 'Ahimsa' (non-violence) for
thousands of years and praised the country's stability.

"Now I want to tell my Indian friends, this
country India, I think last 2-3,000 years, the
concept of 'Ahimsa' (non-violence) developed and
practised through generations. Even today,
compare neighbouring states," said the Dalai Lama.

"This country inspired through many difficulties
and problems but still competitively this country
is more stable and more peaceful," he added.

"Today's world, India is still practising these
things. Now that you must realise that is India's
treasure. You can make some contribution for rest
of the world and different religions can live
together on the basis of mutual admiration,
mutual respect. So, I think we Indians must tell
and show the world," said the Dalai Lama.

An estimated 80,000 Tibetans arrived in India
along with the Dalai Lama after an abortive
uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959 and
over the years their numbers have swelled.
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