Violence in nobody's interest, dialogue only way out: Dalai Lama

Violence in nobody's interest, dialogue only way out: Dalai Lama

14 July 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness Dalai Lama, today said that violence is in no body's interest and stressed upon Kashmiris to live peacefully and resolve any problem or issue through dialogue. While talking to reporters on the sidelines of the meeting with the Tibetan Muslim community at Tibetan Public School in Hawal area of Srinagar city here, the spiritual leader said 'Kashmiri people must live peacefully and if there is any problem or issue, dialogue is the only way. Violence is in no body's interest. People are happy and I am happy.' While stressing for peace during his media interaction, Dalia Lama said that every human community and everybody wants happy life and basics of happy life is peace. 'I am feeling very happy to be in Kashmir valley', he added. He said that he didn't come to Kashmir for 24 long years due to turmoil. 'Now situation is much better than those days and State Government felt that I should come here', he added. Earlier during his address to Tibetan community in Tibetan language followed by English language, the spiritual leader lauded the harmony between the Tibetan and Kashmiri communities. He said that both are living in harmony and amity. He expressed hope that the relations between the two will get further strengthened. Dalia Lama wished for peace, prosperity and wellbeing to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He congratulated school management and the Principal for running the school successfully. He said that he would help the school for its further development. Recalling his close relation with former Chief Minister, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, Dalai Lama said that he has similar kind of relations with Dr. Farooq Abdullah and now with what he said young and dynamic Chief Minister of the State, Omar Abdullah. 'I wish I could live longer to see the fourth generation of Abdullahs' as Chief Minister of the State', he added. Dalai Lama emphasized the need of making moral and secular education compulsory in the school curriculum from kindergarten to University level. He said that the need of introducing value based education in schools is to create healthy and harmonious society. The spiritual leader said that material and money aspects should not be the goal of education. 'Education should nurture and groom young children in the best mould decorated with all values of human dignity, compassion and togetherness', he emphasized. Dalai Lama said that man is a social animal and his intelligence should always guide him in the life process. He said anger and negative feelings should never be allowed to conquer the intelligence and common sense of human beings gifted to them by the God. 'You should not get your life process and day to day activities disturbed by negative feelings, jealousy and anger', he said adding that animals may nurture such feelings but human beings are gifted with intelligence and they can analyse and make difference between good and bad, negative and positive. He said that circumstance may compel one to take counter measures but these should be without anger, hatred and negativity. He said that humans have the ability to control destructive feelings and anger and they should utilize their intelligence to suppress and check these feelings which are detrimental both to the human beings and the society. The spiritual leader called for creating a harmonious society where mutual brotherhood, tolerance and care for each other will rule the roast. While welcoming Dalia Lama, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah said that State has passed through difficult times and dark period and hoped that the State is coming out of it. He said that harmony in which Tibetan and Kashmiri are living here for last 50 years denotes the characteristic and positivity of the people. He said that the Tibetan School enrols both Kashmiri and Tibetan students and the teachers in the school are from both the communities. 'This symbolised the traditional brotherhood and cultural harmony', he added and emphasized the need for its further strengthening. Welcoming Dalai Lama to the State, Omar said that Dalai Lama's visit to Srinagar after a gap of 24 years is a great occasion. 'You are not only our respected guest but a revered religious personality', he told Dalai Lama and sought his good wishes for the State and the people for peace, development and progress. The Chief Minister announced to donate a bus for the Tibetan School Hawal and said that Government would provide all possible help to the school to flourish and produce students of academic excellence and high moral values. The school bus was set ablaze in 2010 summer violence by a mob. The Chief Minister said that the Tibetan community and Kashmiris had to wait for 24 years for the spiritual leaders visit and hoped 'We didn't have to wait for 24 more years for His Holinesses visit.' Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora, in his address, welcomed Dalai Lama and said that Tibetan community were looking for this visit of the spiritual leader for a long time. He said that Dalai Lama symbolized peace and human dignity and works for its propagation throughout the world. While describing Dalia Lama as great personality, he said that despite losing his nation he talks of peace. Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, MLA Zadibal, Peer Afaq Ahmad, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr. Masood Samon, Commissioner SMC, Dr. G. N. Qasba and various other senior officers were present on the occasion. The function began with recitation of verses from holy Quran and Natiya Sharief by the students of the Tibetan School. They also presented programmes both in Kashmiri and Tibetan languages.