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Religion is personal, not a tool to mobilise: Dalai Lama

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Tibetan the Dalai Lama today said that religion is a "personal business" and should not be used to "mobilise" people on religious lines.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of inauguration of National Teachers Congress, organised by and of here.

Replying to a question on what message he wants to give in the wake of violence at Koregaon Bhima in district on January 1, the said, "Religion is a personal business. Whether you follow this religion or that religion, it is personal matter. We should not we Buddhist, we Hindus, we Muslims. That is not good."

visiting a war memorial at Koregaon Bhima were attacked here on January 1 that led to a state-wide shutdown in two days later.

In his speech at the conference, the hailed the Indian society for accommodating diverse religious faiths. "The largest democracy in the world, is young and yet a complicated nation. The country has remarkable tolerance when it comes to safeguarding religious faiths of different religions," he said.

He also said that Indians should preserve their ancient knowledge and traditions. "We kept the Nalanda tradition...but you Indians forgot. Indians should pay more attention to this Indian ancient knowledge and through rigorous study, they should revive these things," he said.

Addressing the teachers community, he said the present educational system gives more importance to material values and not "inner values".

"Today, the world is facing emotional problem and it can be only tackled by education and not religious faiths," he said.

"The 21st century should be the century of dialogue.... a better world, one needs to think about oneness of human beings," said the

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:45 IST