Tibetian spiritual leader Dalai Lama said on Sunday that India‘s prosperity depends on the development of the villages and not the big cities. The process of development should begin in the villages and that should be the focus of the country, he said in addressing a gathering in Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh.
He was in the village to participate in a festival launched by MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, aimed at conserving the Narmada river called ‘Namami Devi Narmade-Sewa Yatra,’
“India is predominantly an agriculture-based economy and rural India must be transformed for the country’s development.
“The focus should be on developing basic facilities like health and education in rural areas. All the basic requirements of the people should be made available in the villages. India will transform only through the rural transformation,” the Dalai Lama said.
The Tibetan spiritual leader said, “Our ancestors were living here on the earth. Our future generation will live here. We need to save water, carry out plantations.”
Stressing on the participation of women he said, “The women are more sensitive and full of compassion. Their enhanced participation will make the world a better place as they can ensure promoting deeper human values,”