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Global leaders inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, says Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Friday said several international personalities were inspired by the principles of non-violence and religious harmony propagated by Mahatma Gandhi. 

"Several international personalities are inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's principles of non-violence and harmony, which were born in India. They have understood India's values," Lama said, addressing a discourse on 'Ancient Wisdom, Modern Thought' at the University of Mumbai here.

"Non-violence and religious harmony are the two treasures of India. I feel people should learn religious harmony and non-violence from India. The country is a role model for others for non-violence and religious harmony," he said.

Dalai Lama spoke highly of India, saying the concept of non-violence or 'ahimsa' was an ancient Indian philosophy.

The Buddhist leader asked the youth of the country to play an active role in the promotion of non-violence and religious harmony.

Expressing concern over global warming, the spiritual leader said, "Global warming poses a real danger to mankind and could become a reason for flooding and mud slides across Asia".

Maharashtra Minister for Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope and Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr Rajan Welukar were present on the occasion.