India better placed than China and Pak on corruption: Dalai

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday said India is better placed than countries like China and Pakistan when it comes to corruption.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 20:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama on Friday said India is better placed than countries
like China and Pakistan when it comes to corruption in
governance and asked the "free media" here to bring out the
misdeeds of politicians and officials.

He also said India has better mechanism than China to
check corruption and said the judiciary here is independent
and not "controlled by a party" as in the communist country.

"Corruption is there at all levels. Ultimately,
self-discipline and inner moral ethics only can root out this
menace. But India is better than countries like China and
Pakistan," he said, after delivering the 16th Lal Bahadur
Shastri Memorial Lecture here.

The spirtual leader said the judiciary in India is
"independent" and is not controlled by the ruling "Congress
party". "There is at least transparency and accountability.
There is a free press," he said in response to a question how
to tackle corruption in India.

He also said China does not have the kind of
independent judiciary India has and asked the media here to
"check what is going on behind" the scenes in government and
other departments.

To a question on terrorism, he said is an "invisible
and dangerous" problem which threatens the world.

"To tackle this, we need to go to the root cause of
the problem. The emphasis should be given on fundamental
values. It is kind of sin of the past," he said.

The Dalai Lama also said only through education and
awareness peace "can be brought" to the world and not through
prayers.

"I don`t belive that only prayers can bring peace. It
is hardwork and awarness and education which can bring peace,"
he said.

He also regretted the absence of lessons on moral and
ethical values in the modern education system and pitched for
its inclusion.

PTI