Tibet leader and a global icon Dalai Lama, while addressing a gathering on Saturday, said that Indian Muslims were more peaceful than their counterparts because they were involved in a more culturally diverse society.

At the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Dalai Lama said, “The cultural heritage of the country or region plays a big role. For example, unlike the Muslims in China or other neighbours, those from India are peaceful and harmoniously co-exist with people of other faiths. It is the same religion but culture makes the difference.”

Dalai Lama also called for a more inclusive society where different religions cohabit with mutual respect to one another. “For example, in places like the Middle East, people have no contact with other religions. It is only when different religions mingle that tolerance becomes part of the ethos and people of different faiths live in harmony,” he said.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said that compassion was extremely important and that humanity should always come first before everything else.

The event was attended by 139 IPS probationers and 15 officer trainees from Bhutan, Madives and Nepal.