(TibetanReview.net, Jun16’19) – The Dalai Lama was on Jun 15 the chief guest at a conference on ‘Celebrating Diversity in the Muslim World” organized in New Delhi by the Muslims of Ladakh and had former Vice-President of India Mr Hamid Ansari as guest of honour. The Dalai Lama had previously called for such conferences to hold dialogues to identify and address differences among the Muslim communities of India.
The goal was stated to be to recognise and promote intra-community unity and inter-community harmony amongst the Muslims in South Asia.
The key speakers included Abdul Qadir Moiz Nooruddin, executive trustee on the Board of the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust; Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi, Shia Muslim cleric and scholar from Lucknow; Maulana Mahmood Madani, executive member and leader of the JamiatUlama-i-Hind; Ali Khan Mehmudabad, assistant professor at Ashoka University; Farah Naqvi, member of India’s National Advisory Council; Seema Mustafa, senior Indian journalists and Chief Editor of The Citizen, and Mehmood ur-Rashid, the opinion editor of Kashmir’s largest daily Greater Kashmir.
Mr Siddiq Wahid, a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and a former Vice Chancellor of Islamic University, Kashmir, gave the introductory remark. He pointed out that Tibet had ties with the Muslim world since ancient times and that variances of the Tibetan language were being spoken in no less than four of the seven SAARC countries, namely Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Bhutan.
The Dalai Lama described Muslims as generally a peace-loving people. He called it an unfortunate reality today, however, that gross killings in the name of Shia and Sunni were going on in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, etc. He called for efforts to usher in a peaceful world through channelizing of inner peace.
He asked the participants in the conference to show the world, especially to Muslims around the world, that conflict in the name of religion is unnecessary and vain.