Pune, Maharashtra, India, 8 November 2008 (Indian Express) - "India and Tibet share a teacher-disciple relationship, and if a disciple suffers, the teacher is responsible for it," observed Dalai Lama, Tibetan leader.
He urged that while supporting the cause of Tibet's liberation, ecological, culural and humanitarian grounds should be given more importance than politics. Stressing on a friendly India, China relationship, he said, "Genuine friendship between India and China will not only make the world a safer place but also help in Tibet liberation."
"People have had a century of bloodshed and killing and now they have realised the importance of peace. World peace will be achieved only when one practices inner peace."
The disarmament may also mean to practice forgiveness and spiritual reconciliation. "Dialogue can help us avoid many conflicts at home and also beyond borders," he said.
At the Sarvodaya Samaj Sammelan, the Dalai Lama highlighted India's long history of non violence and tolerance. "India should strive to spread these values throughout the world," he said.
The three-day long Sammelan had several Gandhian followers from India and around the world as speakers.