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His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Friday called for a violence-free world emphasizing the need to demilitarize the world. “But before we work for universal disarmament, we must first go through internal disarmament,” he said while delivering a lecture on ‘Human Approach to World Peace’ at the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS). The lecture was organised as part of the silver jubilee year of the institute.
His Holiness said human intelligence can be a source of progress as well as organized violence as has been amply demonstrated by history. In the last century, he said over 200 million lives were lost in war and bloodshed adding if nuclear weapons were not used to justify organised or legalized violence, then there may be some justification for their development.