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Solution to Ayodhya possible: Dalai Lama

January 14, 2004 19:32 IST
Last Updated: January 14, 2004 20:52 IST


Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said the 'master key' to solving the Ayodhya issue lies in the country's 'tradition of religious tolerance'.

"I am optimistic about a solution to the Ayodhya problem because India is the only country with centuries-old tradition of religious tolerance. Here, all religions exist together, something impossible in other countries," he told reporters in Raipur during a brief stopover.

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"Unfortunately, in few cases, some concerned people have politicised such issues. It involves too much of politics and emotions because of which I was hesitant to touch it earlier," he said.

The spiritual leader denied he had any 'proposal or agenda' to solve the issue. "After reaching Delhi and Dharamshala and talking to my 'Buddhist brother' S N Goenka, some new ideas may emerge."

The Dalai Lama was on his way to Mainpat in Sarguja district in Chhattisgarh to visit a Tibetan settlement. During his brief stopover, he had a discussion with Chief Minister Raman Singh about the problems of the local people.


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