Dalai Lama backs fight against terrorism


NEW DELHI, Nov 2: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today supported the fight against terrorism but cautioned against branding the entire Muslim community as militant. "I take appropriate action when I see malaria-carrying mosquitoes because they are not very friendly," the Dalai Lama said while answering a question about terrorism, Gandhiism and Islamic fundamentalism after a talk on 'achieving peace in our times' here. But he said he did not believe that "a few mischievous Muslims" represented the entire Muslim community. "Such people are there among Buddhist, Hindus, Jews and Christians also. But such cases should be not used to generalise...," the Dalai Lama remarked. In another answer, he frankly admitted he would not know how even Mahatama Gandhi could have responded to terrorism. "I really do not know. I wish Gandhi was here. Terrorism is a different problem, an invisible one," the Tibetan leader said. "It's foolish to say compasssion when you see (charging) mad dogs," the Dalai Lama said as he deplored Saturday's deadly bomb blasts in Delhi, in which 59 people were killed and more than 200 wounded. He, however, said inter-faith dialogue was key to resolving religious conflicts. Making pilgrimages to centres of other faiths was another way of promoting inter-religious understanding, he added. "All religious leaders should come together to speak for peace and spirituality." In his talk as part of the Indira Gandhi memorial lecture earlier, the Dalai Lama said globalisation has rendered war and violence irrelevant. "In new realities, everything is interdependent. The concept of war is no longer relevant. It's obsolete." The Dalai Lama cited India as a classic example of non-violence and religious tolerance as he also appreciated the country's democratic traditions. He recalled that former South African President Nelson Mandela too had adopted Mahatma Gandhi's concept of non-violence in his endeavours to end apartheid. "But when India exports non-violence, it should also keep producing it at the same time," he joked. The Dalai Lama praised the Indian community for its religious record of over 1,000 years, saying it has displayed a great religious tolerance. "Some problems may have occurred here and there because of local and individual reasons, but India's religious tolerance is really great," the Dalai Lama said. (PTI)

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