Speaking at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy on Saturday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that Indian Muslims are peace-loving and that local cultures play a big role in defining how intolerant or tolerant a society is. He said the Indian Muslims are peaceful and harmoniously co-exist with the other faiths in the society.
“The cultural heritage of the country or region plays a big role. For example, unlike the Muslims in China or other neighbours, those from India are peaceful and harmoniously co-exist with people of other faiths. It is the same religion but culture makes the difference,” His Holiness said.
Dalai Lama also called for the inclusion of a diverse group of religious communities within a cultural domain. “For example, in places like the Middle East, people have no contact with other religions. It is only when different religions mingle that tolerance becomes part of the ethos and people of different faiths live in harmony,” he said.
“Islam is practised in many parts of the world, but is is the local culture that defines how tolerant or intolerant they are,” his holiness said at the event.
His Holiness also spoke on humanity and the stressed the importance of religious harmony and necessitated compassion for all beings.
The event was attended by 139 IPS probationers and 15 officer trainees from Bhutan, Madives and Nepal.