Chandigarh: The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Tuesday said that Chinese students should come to India to pursue studies and know how democracy works. He was delivering a lecture to the students of Chandigarh University on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
Dalai Lama said that India has always been a secular country and should not blame or question its democracy on the basis of a few incidents and people.
He highlighted the poor situation in China and said that there were no free media there, besides several other restrictions and thus, the Chinese students should come to India to learn about the functioning of democracy and the ways to make it successful.
“Some Chinese students had approached me a while ago. Before coming to me they thought that I was an orthodox, but after meeting me their perception changed. I strongly believe that the Chinese students should come to India and the Indian institutes should also welcome them,” Dalai Lama said.
Dalai Lama also spoke about the speech of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the UN when asked about the relations between India and Pakistan.
He said, “Just see his speech at the United Nations General Assembly. What he said was emotional, on the other side, the Indian Prime Minister’s speech was apt. In fact, Pakistan needs India more than any other country.”
Reiterating his belief on India’s secular values, he said, “Due to a few negative people or events, we cannot ignore secularism in India. India is a secular country. The country has taught the world that different religions can exist together.”