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New Delhi, Jan 21, 2017: In the hope that the newly elected US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will “work together” for a peaceful global order, Dalai Lama today said that “Dialogue” should drive the 21st century.

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While observing that peace and non-violence was “growing” in the current era the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader made these remarks. He also lauded the role of multilateralism, especially the European Union (EU).

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“I am one of the admirers of EU and look forward to African Union, Latin American Union, Asian Union and one at the global level. Using force has become outdated. The 21st century should be the century of dialogue,” the Dalai Lama said, and exuded hope that Trump and Putin would work together, mentioned PTI.

He was speaking at an event organized by the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) at the Federation House here.

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The 81-year-old spiritual leader batting for woman empowerment, said that women are more suited to be in leadership roles for they are inherently equipped with compassion and went on to suggest that a “female Dalai Lama” was very much a possibility. “I was asked this question in an interview many years ago (on female Dalai Lama). I had said why not? If circumstances suggest that a female Dalai Lama would be more effective. I would say the role can go to an outsider as well,” he said.

The Dalai Lama in a praising tone for India said that India’s tradition of respecting all religions as well as non-believers was “very relevant” in contemporary times while underlining the virtues of secularism and tolerance. He took shelter in India after fleeing Tibet in 1959.

prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon


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