Meghalaya's humanitarianism delights Dalai Lama

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Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, in a letter to Meghalaya Governor Dr K K Paul, has expressed his appreciation for the interest and enthusiasm that the residents of the state have shown for the cultivation of human and religious harmony. According to him, “this will become all the more meaningful as it results in actually improving the lives of ordinary people. I believe this can help us in dealing with the various challenges we face today.” He was in picturesque Shillong city from February 3 - 5 last.

Dalai Lama in Maghalaya

The maiden visit of His Holiness Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader also Nobel Peace Prize (1989) laurel to the Pine City – Shillong have indeed sanctified the whole state which is in gloomy stage due to militancy activities and other forms of agitation. His message only confirmed the causes of unrest when he said though ‘India is religious; there is lot of corruption in this country’. North East in general and Meghalaya in particular too are within the country mentioned.

As Dalai Lama set foot to the soil of North East via Guwahati – Shillong – Arunachal Pradesh (Only His Prime Minister will be visiting) it is expected to radiate Peace which is his symbol. At the back drop, the students’ community from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland are stranded in their respective states after winter vacations, fearing of repulsion after the firing incident occurred along Assam – Arunachal Pradesh claiming at least ten lives and injuring about eight others. Local people and activists of CPI, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on last Thursday morning blocked National Highway 52 protesting against the killing of innocent locals and demanded high level probe into the mass killings.

The incident took place at Chaoldhuwa area near Bihali reserve forest in the northern Assam district along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, in which armed miscreants fired at the local people of Assam, who were protesting against the alleged encroachment at the reserve forest.

On the other hand, Meghalaya is embroiled in different forms of agitation where a section of the NGOs are demanding the implementation of Inner Line Permit, in which His Holiness Dalai Lama could be the best person to share his knowledge on pros and cons of ILP, he still has the opportunity to enlighten the masses during the scheduled Press Meet or the Meeting of All Faiths during his stay in Shillong.

Dalai Lama, the persona of Peace, during his visit was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) at its Convocation at U Soso Tham Auditorium, Shillong. Hence, his ideologies of maintaining Peace under extreme pressure should be emulated by all pressure groups, NGOs and civil societies from this region, his non-violence movement even under exile if followed will definitely bring peace and harmony in this trouble torn North East in particular and the nation in general.

India is providing refuge to this Tibetan spiritual leader but he did not shy away from pointing out the unholy practice of corruption in the nation, where Meghalaya Governor, Dr Krishan Kant Paul, Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr Mukul M Sangma, and former Home Minister, now the Vice Chancellor, MLCU, Robert G Lyngdoh, besides other dignitaries were sharing the same stage. It also means Dalai Lama did not particularly point only to the politicians. He is well aware of corruption in every juncture of human activities. The masses must request His Holiness to say a special prayer to open up the mind of such corrupt people in India.

Dalai Lama should visit this part of the world more often, it will not only help to see the streets being overnight mended along the stretch he travels, it is hopeful his teachings will bear fruits of Peace and Harmony in the North East which is the need of the hour.

India is religious but very corrupt: Dalai Lama: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Monday said India is a very religious country but also is corrupt. And that moral ethics are very important to deal with this ‘cancer in the society’.

Speaking as the Chief Guest at the 6th Convocation of Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU), Shillong, he said “India is highly religious but lot of corruption here” observing that “corrupt people are highly educated”.

According to him, some people pray to god to make their corrupt life successful, hence also making religious institutions instrumental in this menace.

Talking about the role of educational institutions in curing this menace, he put the onus on the teachers saying they need to make students imbibe moral values and self – discipline and guide them on the path of righteousness.

Educational institutions need to take care of mind and heart of students he said.

On his maiden visit to Shillong, he remarked that India is a mini United Nation as people of every major religious reside here in harmony, making this the greatest character of India and its ancient wisdom.

He conceded to even accept that his concepts also are inspired by India.

He also called upon the masses to show compassion as this alone can help bring and prevail peace in a society and the world. “Non violence should be part of your life,” he said, underlining that Compassion should not be linked to religion.

On the issue of Tibet, he said Tibet needs to be freed not for any economic benefit but the preservation of its unique culture, language and the ecology. However, China can be good economic support to Tibet, he said. “Tibet must remain with China for economic development but the Chinese government must respect Tibet’s unique language, script, culture, and ecology. These must be preserved,” he stated.

Dalai Lama - awarded Honorary Doctorate

The Dalai Lama was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the varsity on Philosophy.

Earlier, Meghalaya Governor Dr K K Paul stressed on universities to model their syllabus based on the industry demands and promote innovation.

In the convocation, over 500 students received their degrees across various streams and subjects.




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