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Dalai Lama condemns Christians, Muslims
|Allahabad: Stepping into one of the hottest religious controversies in South Asia, the Dalai Lama has joined Hindutva leaders in condemning the Muslim and Christian practice of seeking converts. ‘Whether Hindu or Muslim or Christian, whoever tries to convert, it's wrong, not good,’ the Dalai Lama said on 25 January after a meeting with VHP leaders who wants to make multi-religious India a Hindu state.
‘I always believe it's safer and better and reasonable to keep one's own tradition or belief,’ the Dalai Lama, a winner of the Nobel peace prize, said. He spoke after the VHP general secretary, Ashok Singhal, had said, ‘Buddhism, Hinduism and other non-aggressive religions have to unite to douse Islam ... an aggressive religion.’ The Dalai Lama and others signed a statement saying: ‘We oppose conversions by any religious tradition using various methods of enticement.’
Later, barefoot and giggling, the Dalai Lama sprinkled himself with water from the Ganges at the Kumbh Mela festival, the world's largest religious gathering. Asked if he would join the devotees bathing in the icy river, in a centuries-old ceremony Hindus believe will wash away their sins and avoid reincarnation, the Dalai Lama said, ‘I don't think so. It's too cold.’