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Dalai Lama calls for religious tolerance

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New Delhi, January 5 – Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday urged people to embrace the concept of equality and non-violence to make a better and peaceful world.

The Nobel Peace prize laureate said it would take some time before peace and tranquility is established.

“The procedure of genuine world peace takes time….and from grassroots level, from family, from individual level and I think that’s the only way,” said Dalai Lama.

He said the last century was marked by wars and bloodshed, and urged the people to work for peace and disarmament in the new century. The 67-year-old Buddhist leader appealed to the people to respect all religions to pave way for durable peace.

“As a person who believes the spiritual values or the religious spiritual values, harmony, unity is very essential, so harmony, unity will come if we respect each other. Genuine respect comes after if you have conduct for each other or understand each other’s traditions and values.”

The Dalai Lama fled his Himalayan homeland in 1959 after a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese communist rule. He has lived in exile in India ever since.

He runs his government in exile from the town of Dharamsala.

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