At a lecture in Kolkata, India’s Presidency University earlier this week, the Dalai Lama spoke about the growing divide between rich and poor. “We must have a human approach. As far as socioeconomic theory, I am Marxist,” he said in a speech entitled “A Human Approach to World Peace.”
“In capitalist countries, there is an increasing gap between the rich and the poor. In Marxism, there is emphasis on equal distribution,” he said. “Many Marxist leaders are now capitalists in their thinking.”As compared to how many leaders of capitalist countries are Marxist in their thinking?
[Barack] Obama greeted the Dalai Lama at a National Prayer Breakfast in the US capital on Thursday, marking the pair's first ever public encounter.Which upset the leaders of a supposedly Communist country;
"I want to offer a special welcome to a good friend, His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion, and who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings," Obama said in his address to some 3,600 people who were present.
China - which regards the Dalai Lama as a potentially dangerous separatist - had already expressed concern about the meeting. Beijing has long lobbied against foreign leaders from ever meeting the Buddhist monk, who it calls "a wolf in sheep's clothing.
"Tibet-related issues concern China's core interest and national feelings," a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman told a briefing on Tuesday. "We oppose to foreign countries' interfering with China's internal affairs and meeting with the Dalai Lama. We hope the US leader can look at the bigger picture of the relations and properly handle this issue."