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India Dismisses Controversy Over Jaishankar’s Remark On Gautam Buddha’s Birthplace

New Delhi: India categorically mentioned on Sunday that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini in Nepal thereby defusing an argument about Buddha’s birthplace after Nepal had responded to remarks attributed to Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

Jaishankar had on Saturday talked about India’s ethical management and the way Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings are nonetheless related. Nevertheless, studies recommend that the Nepalese media attributed remarks to him as saying that Buddha was an Indian.

India’s Exterior Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Sunday mentioned the minister’s remarks on Saturday at an occasion “referred to our shared Buddhist heritage”.

“There is no doubt that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal,” Srivastava mentioned.

Earlier within the day, the Nepalese Overseas Ministry issued a press release in response to Jaishankar‘s comment quoted within the Nepalese media.

“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,” mentioned the Nepal Overseas Affairs Ministry.

The official spokesperson of the Nepal ministry mentioned: “During his visit to Nepal in 2014, the Prime Minister of India H.E. Shri Narendra Modi himself while addressing Nepal’s Legislature-Parliament, had said that ‘Nepal is the country where apostle of peace in the world, Buddha, was born’.”

“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,” Nepal’s assertion mentioned.

Former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal reacted to the assertion attributed to Jaishankar and mentioned the alleged assertion that Buddha was an amazing Indian is “baseless and objectionable”.

This controversy comes weeks after Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli had stirred an argument by claiming that Lord Ram was born in Nepal and was a Nepali.

(IANS)

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