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Dharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said that seeking peaceful solutions at the source of the conflict would lead to long term solutions, even though he felt it was wonderful that many nations would be taking in refugees who fled their countries following conflicts.

“It’s wonderful that several countries will be taking refugees in, but in the long run, we have to find a peaceful solution to the conflicts in the countries they come from,” said a statement quoting the Nobel Peace laureate on his official website on Saturday.

Replying to a question from a reporter in Cambridge on Friday, he said: “We must make an effort to bring about peace.”

Asked if violence was ever justified in the name of religion, he replied: “Never.”

And as to whether war was ever justified, he said: “It’s difficult to say. The Second World War defeat of Nazism was beneficial and the Korean War saved South Korea, but it would be hard to say the same about the Vietnam War.”

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. The Tibetan administration in exile is based in this hill town in Himachal Pradesh.

(IANS)

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Dalai Lama Makes Donation to Help Flood-Stricken Kerela

"I offer my condolences to you, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all affected by the flooding," said the Tibetan spiritual leader.

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has written to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and made a donation towards relief and rescue efforts.

“I am writing to express my sadness at the loss of life and devastation of property,” the letter said, “as well as the hardship caused to so many people due to unprecedented flooding in parts of your state.

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala. REUTERS
Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala. REUTERS

“I appreciate that every effort is being made to rescue those affected and that relief efforts are underway. As a mark of my solidarity with the people of Kerala, I am making a donation from the Gaden Phodrang Trust of the Dalai Lama towards relief and rescue efforts,” it said.

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“I offer my condolences to you, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all affected by the flooding,” said the Tibetan spiritual leader. (IANS)