Partition Would Not Have Happened If Jinnah Had Been Made PM Instead Of Nehru: Dalai Lama

| August 10 , 2018 , 17:40 IST

Spiritual leader Dalai Lama in a controversial statement on Wednesday said that if Mohammad Ali Jinnah, considered to be the founding father of Pakistan, had been made Prime Minister at the time of Independence, there would have been no partition.

"Mahatma Gandhi wanted to give the prime ministership to (Mohammad Ali) Jinnah. But Nehru refused. He was self-centred. He said, 'I wanted to be Prime Minister'. India and Pakistan would have been united (had Jinnah been made Prime Minister at the time). Pandit Nehru is very experienced. But mistakes do happen," the Dalai Lama said during an interaction at the Goa Institute of Management in North Goa.

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The Dalai Lama, keynote speaker on the subject "Today's Relevance of India's Ancient Knowledge"  made the comment while responding to a question from a student who asked how a person can be sure-footed about his or her decisions and how to avoid committing mistakes in life.

The event was organised as part of the celebrations of the Goa Institute of Management completing 25 years of existence.

The Tibetan spiritual leader also spoke on India's ability to merge its rich traditional knowledge with modern facets of education.

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"India has a culture deeply rooted in tradition and knowledge. The land of ahimsa is a cauldron of traditional knowledge includes the art of meditation, compassion, secularism and more" the Dalai Lama said.

While admitting that the British rule sowed seeds of modern style of education, the Dalai Lama said that India is probably the only country which can find the right balance between traditional knowledge and modern education.

"We need more people to come together and talk and debate on aspects linked to India's ancient knowledge such as ahimsa and compassion. We also need to find ways to reduce conflict amongst ourselves," he added.

Dr Ramesh B

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