New Delhi: Asking India to do more to check
corruption, the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said the country should
address the problem seriously if it has to succeed.
The spiritual leader, who described himself as a "son of
India", expressed concern over corruption in the country and
said it is a "disgrace" especially as its nationals are
"This is not criticism but I am concerned. Corruption by
religious minded persons is really a disgrace. When I hear of
immense corruption in China, I think OK because they are
non-believers, they believe in power and money," the
76-year-old Nobel laureate said addressing the fourth annual
lecture of National Commission for Minorities here
"But look at India.... Every Indian worships in the
morning but in the meantime is this corruption. I say there is
no third way. Either remain believer, God fearing or if you
really want corruption, then carry corruption as a
non-believer," he said, adding, "Corruption by religious
minded people is really a disgrace."
The Dalai Lama said India must look into this problem
"India must succeed. So all these little sort of
disturbances need to be addressed seriously. These small
mistakes. You must look into these problems and address them
On religious tolerance, he said India is the only nation,
where all major traditions live together.
He also took exception to the term `Islamic terrorism`.
Noting that the term was unfortunately used by sections of
media, he said, "It is totally wrong and unfair.
"Some mischievous people are there among all traditions.
They can`t represent the main believers of that tradition. The
word Islamic terrorism is wrong," he said.