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India should shun caste system: Dalai Lama

IANS  |  Dharamsala 

Tibetan the on Monday condemned the discriminating caste system in India, saying it should be discontinued.

Interacting briefly with over 1,000 foreign tourists at the Tsuglagkhang courtyard here, he expressed admiration at the secular nature of India's thousands of years tradition which respects all religious traditions.

"is home to all of the world's major religious traditions and also respects non believers. This is really wonderful and something to be proud of," he said.

The said the inner peace was the basis of self-confidence and that children should be taught about inner values and moral principles through a secular approach in schools instead of self-centered attitude.

The Nobel Peace Laureate also emphasised the importance of Tibetan language and said the it was the only language that has preserved India's ancient knowledge.

"The rich ancient knowledge of Nalanda is lost to the world now. However, due to the painstaking effort of the Tibetan translators, this knowledge is now available only in Tibetan language. Therefore, the preservation and study of Tibetan language is crucial."

He said modern education focuses too much on the minor differences such as nationality, faith and economic conditions.

The escaped from to in March 1959. The in exile is based in the north town of in

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 17:20 IST
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