KOLKATA: Describing himself as a Marxist, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday said many Marxist leaders have now become capitalists in thinking.
“As far as social-economic theory is concerned, I am still a Marxist,” the spiritual leader said adding that he admires Marxism because of its focus on reducing gap between the rich and the poor.
“Many Marxist leaders are now capitalists in their thinking. It depends on their motivation, thinking, wider perspective,” the spiritual leader said during a lecture on world peace in Presidency University.
“In capitalist countries, there is an increasing gap between the rich and the poor. In Marxism, there is emphasis on equal distribution. That is very crucial to me,” he said.
He blamed discrimination against women and those from low-castes for hampering peace in India, but said, “Muslims in India are living more safely than the Shias of Pakistan.”
The Dalai Lama greets the audience as he arrives to speak on “A Human Approach to World Peace” at Presidency Univeristy in Kolkata, on January 13, 2015.
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Britain’s decision to recognize China’s authority and Dalai Lama’s fragile health seen as setbacks
Bill Schiller (from Asia Bureau): Beiging- It is finally over, then for Tibet? Chinese government officials said flat out this week during a televised press conference that the Dalai Lama will “never” win the autonomy he seeks for Tibetans. But there was something decidedly different in their delivery. The normal Chinese defensiveness over its dealings with the Dalai Lama was gone. Demeaning references to the dastardly “Dalai clique”? Gone too. The usual over-the-top invectives, hectoring and virtual finger-wagging? All gone.
Instead, Chinese officials seemed strong, sure-footed, even smug in reporting on recent talks with the Dalai Lama’s representatives. And why not? Some say Tibet has now been stripped of the last vestige of what many believe was its legitimate, legal claim for special status within China. While the world was swept up in the heights of Obama-mania and the depths of a financial meltdown, Britain changed its policy on Tibet– and that makes all the difference.
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by Moin Ansari
Posted on October 29, 2008
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Pakistan helped the Chinese secure Tibet by giving up Aksai Chin. Without Tibet, present day China would be a fractured country with the Indian army instigating raids on Beijing.
Pakistan helped the US by forming SEATO, and CENTO to contain the USSR. Pakistan contained the dominoes from falling. It was with Pakistani help that the mighty USSR was defeated in Afghanistan. It was the defeat in Afghanistan with forced the USSR to implode. Two million kids died fighting the USSR. No memorials for them.
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