The Economic Times, 22 November 2017 Read original story here
The caste system was outdate and undemocratic said the fourteenth Dalai Lama to an audience in Bhubaneshwar on Tuesday.
“I really feel this so called caste system was not created by God, not by any preacher, but by feudal systems. The landlords, including rajas and ranis, created an upper class and lower class in order to exploit other people. Eventually the lower class psychologically (undermined) followed what the upper-class said. But this is undemocratic and feudal system and and outdated,” said the Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel laureate.
The Dalai Lama was on a two-day visit to Odisha during which he was honoured with the 10th Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Humanitarian Award. Speaking to the students later, he stressed on the need to include moral, and non-religious, education into secular modern education.
After his arrival on Monday the Dalai Lama had met Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence. Speaking to the media, and with an affectionate pat to Patnaik’s shoulder, he said “Naveen Patnaik is one of the longest-serving chief ministers of the country. Unlike the Zimbabwean leader (Robert) Mugabe, Patnaik came to power through the electoral process. And, more importantly, has won peoples’ trust and respect. So, I admire him.”
Critiquing totalitarian regimes, the 82- year-old leader-in-exile of the Tibetans, said as far as socio-economic theories were concerned, he was a Marxist. The spirit of Marxism, with equal distribution and the working class at its centre, was unfortunately spoilt by Vladimir Lenin, he added. Recalling meeting the late Kerala chief minister EMS Namboodiripad once, the Dalai Lama joked, “The Communist Party of India is not well organised; if they were I may have joined.”