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India's greatness lies in the idea of Ahimsa: Dalai Lama
On the first day of the Jaipur Literature Festival the visitors and participants had a flavour of Buddhist culture of Tibet with chants from the monks of the Drepung Loseling monastery in Karnataka and His Holiness the Dalai Lama holding a jam pack session on 'Kinships of Faiths: Finding the Middle Way'. His simplicity, frankness and a few tongue-in-cheek comments created both laughter and applause simultaneously.

The address of His Holiness brought hordes of Tibetan refugees settled in Jaipur to the festival this year and subdued the opposition to the festival from other communities unlike the last year. Saying that he was now in permanent political retirement, Dalai Lama requested the audience not to field any political questions after the session.

Lauding India's democratic ideals, he said that China had much to learn from India. "Good relationship, friendship and mutual trust between India and China are essential,” he added. He also called for a genuine friendship between China and India. Some of the important points he made during his sessions are as follows.

- India's greatness lies in the idea of Ahimsa and being a living example for the world to see how so many religions can exist together for centuries.

- The antidote to the intolerance of all kinds is the education based on secular values and development of the ethical and rational mind.

- We must provide more security to women these days since there is an increase in the incidents of violence like rapes and murders.

- Death sentence is not the solution, but this depends on laws of the country.

"India is our guru we are the chelas, it is the source of all our knowledge," said the Dalai Lama. To the question what brought him to JLF, he replied with a big laugh that he was a poor reader of English literature, He said, "My English vocabulary is bad and I am lazy. Whenever I read a new word, I am too lazy to open a dictionary and close the book."

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