Friday, August 12, 2011

Corruption result of lack of moral values: Dalai Lama

New Delhi, Aug 10 : Calling corruption an outcome of lack of moral values, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today said a country does not belong to any political party or a leader but only its people.

"There is a lot of corruption. It is obviously due to lack of moral values. Without moral values, a person loses self-control and do what is wrong as soon as he finds the opportunity. There is a need to find your inner self," the Dalai Lama said.

He was addressing the gathering here as part of fourth annual lecture of National Commission for Minorities.

"The world belongs to humanity. A country belongs to its people, but not to any political party or person," he added.

The spiritual leader advised the corrupt people to be believer of God. "India is a nation of religion-minded people. They get up early morning to pray to their Gods but side by side involve in corruption. These two cannot go hand in hand. Faith without moral values is not faith," he said.

He, however, stressed that he was not criticising anybody but felt concerned about a country (India) which has kept its principles of non-violence and harmony.

Union Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, NCM Chairman Wajahat Habibullah, BJP leader Jaswant Singh and Minister of State for Minority Affairs Vincent H Pala were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

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