CHENNAI: People must develop constructive emotions and not destructive ones as the basic nature of human beings is based on compassion, said Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Monday.

Speaking at the Abdul Kalam Seva Ratna awards held at the Music Academy here on Monday, the Dalai Lama said it was up to the future generations to repair the damage inflicted on the world by “my generation.”

“My generation has created a lot of problems on this planet. Now, the coming generations of the 21st century have to solve these problems,” he said.

He said the present generation should become builders of a world of happiness and humanity.

He highlighted that the existing education system in India was inadequate. “It should be changed in a manner that it will help improve internal qualities of humans,” he said.

The Abdul Kalam Seva Ratna awards were instituted by Madras Management Association in association with Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement. The Dalai Lama presented the awards to some of the recipients.

The awardees included G Mullaivanam of Tree Bank, Vanitha Mohan of Siruthuli and G Sreenivasan of Indian Green Service.

The Dalai Lama is on a two-day visit to the city. He will visit the IIT-Madras campus on Tuesday.

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Source: TOI-Che