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India a living example of religious tolerance: Dalai Lama

The Tibetan leader also drew light comparisons between India and China and said Doklam stand-off is a light issue

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

India a living example of religious tolerance: Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader lauded for its "spirit of religious tolerance" and for carrying different traditions together while addressing a press conference after a spritiual discourse at Yid-Ga-Choezin ground, in Tawang district of on Thursday. "is very important... although there are problems sometimes due to politicians who try to manipulate that," he said. He referred to India's "religious pluralism" and said for the last several centuries, Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam had coexisted. "has a tradition of living together. (It is) a living example of different traditions being carried together," the Buddhist monk said. "I can proudly state the same about Tibetan culture," he said. He drew a light comparison between the people of and at an interactive programme organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here. Compared to the Chinese, "I think, Indian people are lazy", he said. "May be it is due to the climate. But is most stable. In the world stage, can play a role," he said. The also referred to the stand-off and said these were "small problems". "The Chinese Army had come.

Then there was ceasefire. Then withdrew. It is not easy," he said. and needed each other in the spirit of 'Hindi-Chini bhai bhai', he added. Praising Indians for their "genuine" smile, the said in a lighter vein, "The Chinese officials are experts in giving artificial smiles".

First Published: Fri, November 24 2017. 09:43 IST