Nepal In A War Of Words With India Over Buddha’s Birthplace
Nepal alleged that Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar called India Buddha’s place of birth
Nepal has yet again locked horns with India over a statement made by Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the virtual India@ 75 Summit on Saturday. The minister referred to Gautam Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi as the ‘two greatest Indians’, known by the world.
Nepal reacted strongly to this claim with a statement from their Ministry of Foreign Affairs, saying that it is well-established and validated by historical records that Buddha was born in Lumbini in Nepal.
The External Affairs Ministry responded to Nepal saying that the minister only spoke about the shared heritage of both the countries with reference to Buddha and never claimed that India was his birthplace.
In fact, it is known that Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged Nepal as the country where Buddha the Great was born, in his tour to the neighboring country in 2014.
Not too long ago, Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli created a controversy by calling Ayodhya in India fake and claiming that the real Ayodhya lies in Nepal.
There has been a string of other allegations the Nepali PM has levelled on India, which seems to be a result of his loyalty to China. These include calling coronavirus in India more dangerous than China and blaming India for the increasing cases of the virus in Nepal.
There is also an ongoing dispute on the Limpiyadhura-Kalapani-Lipulekh area, which Oli has called a part of Nepal.
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