Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today said China should learn from India the practice of harmonious co-existence of different people, languages and lifestyles.
"They should learn from India, which has apart from different regions, different people, different languages, different scripts and different lifestyles. Yet they all live harmoniously," the Dalai Lama said while addressing the convocation of a state university here.
The spiritual leader, who visited Meghalaya for the first time since he made India his home, termed his adopted country as "wonderful and very nice" to live in.
He likened the country to the United Nations in its embracing a multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-religion society, while blaming Chinese hardliners for infusing hatred against people living in Tibet. "We are not seeking separation from China. We belong to China with common interests and common economic development," the Dalai Lama emphasised.
Claiming to be a disciple of Gandhi's principle of non-violence, the spiritual leader said he nursed a hope that India's "concept of peaceful living" would make a better Asia and in turn make a better world.
"Over 3,000 years ago, India had the concept of Ahimsa (non-violence). Because of that it commands respect," he said, adding that India was the living example of religious tolerance and culture.