March 18, 2010
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Praises India’s Ancient Secular Traditions

[Thursday, 18 March 2010, 9:01 a.m.]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama (C) poses with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (L) and Governor Rameshwar Thakur (R)/Photo:OHHDL

Praising the centuries old secular traditions of India, His Holiness
the Dalai Lama has said that they are more relevant in today’s world.
a lecture on human rights through global responsibility at Madhya
Pradesh legislative assembly’ auditorium Wednesday afternoon, His
Holiness said India’s secular ethics are one of the important factors
for its successful democracy. Stressing on the protection of human
rights in the world he said it is more important in India due to
prevalent caste system and poverty here.The symposium held
under the aegis of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission was presided
over by Governor Rameshwar Thakur while Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan was the guest of honour.His Holiness said India needs
to pay more attention to remove poverty. His Holiness said there is
growing interaction between different communities in the world to
resolve disputes and develop harmony. He called for a greater role of
women in promoting values like compassion and forgiveness.His
Holiness also stressed on individual freedom as one’s qualities could
not be utilized without it. He said society could not be transformed
without individual creativity.‘Compassion, love key to human rights protection’

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks during a programme in Bhopal, the capital of India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh, on 17 March 2010

Holiness the Dalai Lama said the ethos of global brotherhood,
compassion and love hold the key to protection of human rights.His
Holiness said: ‘It is this ethos which will help develop a more
civilised society and curb violation of human rights on the basis of
poverty, caste, religion and social disparity’.His Holiness
said that all human beings are equal despite following different
religions, speaking different languages and living in different
regions. He said money and wealth alone cannot bring about happiness in
life.’They cannot help one to gain wisdom. For attaining these
virtues, a human being must imbibe spiritual and human values. The life
of the people of the countries, which have best of material facilities,
lacks inner quality. Their young generation has gone wayward’, His
Holiness said.Presiding over the function, Governor Rameshwar
Thakur said His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a strong proponent of human
rights in the modern world and it was astonishing that human rights
violations are on the rise despite spread of education, science and
technology.Chief Minister Chouhan said that protection of human
rights is intrinsic in India and ages ago, the Indian civilisation had
recognised the world as a family through its principle of ‘vasudhaiv
kutumbakam’. His government was striving to tread the path of
development and progress while protecting human rights, he added.(Source: All India Radio and Indo-Asian News Service)

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