"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," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, addressing a discourse on 'Ancient Wisdom, Modern Thought' at the University of Mumbai.
"Several international personalities are inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's principles of non-violence and harmony, which were born in India. It has been appreciated and accepted all over the world by leaders like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. They have understood India's values," His Holiness told a packed university auditorium.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama appreciated the communal harmony of India, saying that it is the biggest democratic and secular country.
"The constitution of this country holds the sacred word of secularism which asks for respecting all the communities and religions," said His Holiness.
"India needs to spread such sacred ideologies to the entire world for good. And universities are the places where this spreading of thoughts can be started. Educationists should take a lead while involving students with these thoughtful ideologies of the ancient India leaders," he said.
Pointing out the responsibility of a university, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said it is the responsibility of teachers to put right values in the minds of today's youth.
His Holiness also 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, His Holiness 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.