The Dalai Lama is to convene an unprecedented meeting of Indian faith leaders this weekend in an effort to encourage religious harmony in the emerging economic power.
Aides said the Buddhist spiritual leader was concerned about rising communal tensions in India as well as a number of other issues, from environmental degradation and natural disasters to discrimination against women.
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“His Holiness is concerned by the things that are happening. The aim is to come up with an action plan to promote religious harmony,” said Gelek Namgyal, a spokesman.
Though aides stressed that the initiative was apolitical, it comes amid concern at increasingly fractious relations between majority Hindu and minority Muslim populations in the country.