India Better Placed than China and Pak on Corruption: Dalai

January 8th 2011

New Delhi, India, 7 January 2011 (The Economic Times) - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today 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.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivering the 18th Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on 7 January 2011. Photo/Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL
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 it 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.


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