India on Sunday dismissed an argument over the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and mentioned a remark by exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar on the shared Buddhist heritage of the 2 neighbours was misunderstood within the Himalayan nation.
The clarification got here a day after Jaishankar referred to the teachings of Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi at an occasion organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries. The comment triggered controversy in Nepal with political events saying that Buddha, the thinker and spiritual instructor who based Buddhism, was born in Nepal and never India.
Exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned Jaishankar’s comment referred to widespread Buddhist heritage of India and Nepal. “There isn’t a doubt that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal,” he mentioned.
The Indian facet mentioned on the time of the Buddha, who lived within the fifth and 4th century BC, there was no separate nation state referred to as Nepal, and that the Siddhartha Gautama grew to become Buddha after attaining enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, which is in modern-day Bihar.
Earlier within the day, Nepal’s overseas ministry mentioned that historic and archaeological proof confirmed Buddha was born in Nepalese territory. “It’s a well-established and indisputable fact confirmed by historic and archaeological evidences that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal. Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism, is likely one of the UNESCO world heritage websites,” a press release by the ministry’s spokesperson learn.
There have been additionally protests by political events reminiscent of the primary opposition Nepali Congress and people reminiscent of former overseas secretary Madhu Raman Acharya and former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, a high chief of the ruling Nepal Communist Get together.
The controversy got here in opposition to the backdrop of a border row that erupted earlier this 12 months when India opened a brand new street resulting in Lipulekh on the border with Tibet. Nepal responded by publishing a brand new political map that included Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, that are managed by India, as a part of Nepalese territory.
Final month, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli sparked an argument together with his remarks that the “actual” Ayodhya is in Nepal and that Lord Ram was Nepalese.