The Tibetan head of state in exile and spiritual leader Dalai Lama praised the United States (US) for being the first country to recognise the plight of the Tibetans and supported them.

Dalai Lama said that he is sure that the US, being the most powerful nation in the world, will help the smaller countries like Tibet.

Dalai Lama said that when he raised the voice of the Tibetans in the United Nations (UN), the US showed full sympathy to the cause and helped him with it.

Asked about his successor, Dalai Lama said, “The post of Dalai Lama is not important, what is important is that every Tibetan should be aware of in-depth knowledge in Buddhism.”

Praising the Indian culture, Dalai Lama who had arrived in Mathura to attend a function, said, “The Indian culture is the oldest and it is the need of the hour to spread this culture of peace and solidarity all over the world. Today, there is a need to resolve conflicts peacefully, without resorting to violence and India could lead the world towards peaceful solutions of international conflicts.”

Dalai Lama said that the Nalanda system of education is still seen in the Indian culture. Dalai Lama said, “China may be the country with the biggest Buddhist population in the world, but the cultural references and artifacts related to Buddhism are found the most in India. In fact, Buddhism went to China from India through explorers who went there in the ancient times. This makes the Indian culture even older than China.”