Dalai Lama Speak about India-Pakistan Partition
Tibet spiritual guru Dalai Lama said on Wednesday that Mahatma Gandhi wanted Mohammed Ali Jinnah to sit in the country’s top post, but Jawaharlal Nehru adopted a ‘self-centered’ attitude to become the first Prime Minister. Dalai claimed that if Mahatma Gandhi’s wish to make Jinnah the first Prime Minister was implemented, then India is not divided. Addressing a program organized by the Goa Institute of Management, the 83-year-old Buddhist monk addressed this.
Responding to a student’s question about making the right decision, he said, ‘I believe that the democratic system is very good rather than the feudal system. Some people have the power to make decisions in the feudal system, which is very dangerous. Look at India now. I think Mahatma Gandhi was very interested in giving Jinnah the post of Prime Minister. But Pandit Nehru did not accept it.
He said, ‘I think that seeing himself as the Prime Minister was a self-centered attitude of Pandit Nehru. If Mahatma Gandhi’s thinking had been accepted, India and Pakistan would have been one. I know Pandit Nehru very well, he was a very experienced and intelligent person, but sometimes mistakes are done.
On the question of facing the biggest fear in life, the spiritual guru recalled that day when he was expelled from Tibet with his supporters. He remembered how the problem between Tibet and China was getting worse. The attitude of China’s officials was becoming more aggressive day by day. He remembered that despite all his efforts to calm the situation, on the night of 17 March 1959 he decided that he would not be here and he came out.