Jammu: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said issues should be resolved through dialogue and India needs to play its role in ensuring a peaceful 21st century.
Opposing the arms race and nuclear weapons, he said violence leads to counter violence and the cycle continues unabated.
“This cycle should be broken to make the world a better place to live in,” the Dalai Lama said here at the first convocation of the Central University of Jammu (CUJ), which was established on August 8, 2011.
“The only way to create peace is we must develop will power no matter how complicated the situation is and try to resolve issues through dialogue,” he said.
“Dialogue will be successful if views of opposite parties are respected and their interests are taken into consideration,” he said.
“India’s ancient knowledge is very relevant in today’s world to achieve a peaceful 21st century. The 21st century must be a century of peace and India can play a major role to achieve this goal,” he said.
“The world is going through immense violence and there is a threat of use of nuclear weapons, and if you think it will make the world a better place, the answer, I think, is simply no. The world presently has too much violence and it seems that the 20th century belongs to armies,” Dalai Lama said.
“No matter how sincere the motivation (for violence) is and once there is involvement of military forces, it will have unpredictable consequences,” he warned.
“Differences will always be there. But in order to face these differences, the use of force cannot be justified. Once violence is committed, it leads to counter violence and a chain cycle”, he said referring to the 2003 Iraq war.
“I had written a letter to former US president George W Bush and suggested non-violent measures What happened, today the entire Arab world is engulfed (in violence). I feel a wrong policy was one of the factors that increased hatred towards the US,” the Dalai Lama said.
“The US, Russia and even a small country like North Korea, is developing deadly weapons and if it continues, the 21st century would be a century of disaster”, he warned. “Basic human nature is more compassionate and constant anger and fear is actually eating our immune system.”