(…) Dennis S. Jesudasan, The Hindu, 10 November 2015
CHENNAI: The Nobel peace laureate said secular meant respect all religions, including non-believers.
Observing that the 21st century was filled with too much violence, the Dalai Lama said on Tuesday that it was not acceptable to eliminate dissenting voices.
The Nobel laureate said secular meant respect all religions, including non-believers. “Of the 7 billion people in the world, over 1 billion were non-believers. One should respect the non-believers as well,” he said adding that “the religious belief of a person was a private business.”
Consistent with his opinions, he had expressed on earlier occasions, on the possibility of a woman being the next Dalai Lama, he said, it was very much possible and observed that she should be beautiful.
“I have said that in many times earlier. She should be beautiful. The face also makes a difference, isn’t it?,” he laughed, while replying to a query on the possibility of a woman Dalai Lama.
Holding that women leaders were more sensitive towards others, he said, “if there were more women head of states in the 200 odd countries in the world, it would be more peaceful.” (…)