Xi "open-minded" and "realistic": Dalai Lama

RSTV Bureau

dalai-lama2As he engaged in talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping came in for praise from an unlikely quarter–exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama–who described him as “open-minded” and “realistic”.

The Dalai Lama also said good Sino-Indian relations based on mutual trust will benefit not just Asia but the whole world.

“I have faith in the new leadership. He (Xi) is open-minded and his way of working is quite realistic,” the 79-year-old Buddhist monk said while addressing a gathering to mark the 108th Foundation Day of Indian Merchants’ Chamber and its ladies’ wing.

“India is a vast country with a huge population. Different parts of the country speak different languages, yet there is a sense of one-ness among Indians. Democracy is practised strongly in the country and there is a free media. The Chinese President should learn these values from Indians,” he said.

On the contentious border issue, he said it should be resolved through understanding and not by use of force.

Reacting to the detention of Tibetans by police following their protest against Xi’s visit, the Dalai Lama said,” Tibetans are law abiding citizens. But the rest is upto the Government of India.”

The Dalai Lama flayed massacre by ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, saying it was “shocking” to see believers of Islam killing innocent people.

A Muslim should extend love to all creations of Allah and a genuine practitioner of the faith must be compassionate towards fellow human beings, he said.

Praising India’s religious accord, he said, “India’s real treasure is its 3,000-year-old religious harmony. The Shia community feels much safer in India than in Pakistan.”

He said there should be no discrimination between people on the basis of faith and that no God can help achieve peace of mind.

“We lay too much emphasis on secondary level of differences. Everyone should follow the religion of humanity. Indians worship many Gods but these Gods will never provide peace of mind. Peace has to be developed within one’s own self,” he said.