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India, Pakistan would have remained united if Muhammad Ali Jinnah was made PM: Dalai Lama

Prime News, National (New Delhi), August 9:-  Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday said India and Pakistan would have remained united if the prime ministership was given to Muhammad Ali Jinnah and not to Jawaharlal Nehru, as per the wish of Mahatma Gandhi. However, Nehru refused as he wanted the position for himself, added the Dalai Lama.

Addressing an event at the Goa Institute of Management, the 14th Dalai Lama said that Gandhi was ‘very much willing’ to give the leadership to Jinnah but Nehru’s self-centred attitude resulted in the mistake. Nehru wanted that he should be the Prime Minister, he added. The Dalai Lama said that had the thinking of Mahatma Gandhi been materialised then India-Pakistan would have remained united today.

At the event, he also appealed to Muslims in India to make efforts to reduce Shia-Sunni conflicts that are prevalent in some other countries and asserted that Islam is a religion of peace. He lamented the bloodshed over denominational differences, which he said should be avoided as Islam teaches compassion and harmony. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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