Recently, India has put an end to the discussion on the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. This happened after the Nepalese government took exception to S Jaishankar (foreign minister of India), affirming Buddha was Indian.
On Saturday, while addressing the CII event, Jaishankar said- “Who are the greatest Indians ever that you can remember? I would say one is Gautam Buddha, and the other is Mahatma Gandhi.” Source: Times of India.
On this, Nepal’s foreign ministry issued a blunt statement- “It is a well-established and undeniable fact proven by historical and archaeological evidence that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal. Lumbini, the Birthplace of Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism, is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.” Source: Times of India.
Further, on Sunday, the MEA said- “EAM’s remarks yesterday at the CII event referred to our shared Buddhist heritage. There is no doubt that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal.” Source: Times of India.
The statement added that Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his visit to Nepal in 2014, said- “Nepal is the country where the apostle of peace in the world, Buddha, was born.” Source: Times of India.
“It is true that Buddhism spread from Nepal to other parts of the world in the subsequent period. The matter remains beyond doubt and controversy and thus cannot be a subject of debate. The entire international community is aware of this,” the statement added—source: Times of India.
Madhuraman Acharaya, former foreign secretary of Nepal, tweeted- “Some 2270 years ago, Indian Emperor Ashok erected a pillar at Lumbini in Nepal to mark the birthplace of Buddha. That monument stands taller than any self-aggrandizing claim to say that Budha was an “Indian”! Period !!” Source: Twitter.
In this scenario, the Nepal government is trying its best to hold talks with the Indian government system.
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Source: Times of India