Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug 9, 2020: Counter attacking the controversial statement of Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar that Lord Buddha was Indian, Nepal government has on Sunday issued a statement urging Indian authorities not to indulge on unnecessary debate over the issue of birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha.
There is a well-established and undeniable fact proven by historical and archaeological evidences that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, states the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday. Buddhism was spread from Nepal to other parts of the world in the subsequent period, states the statement
The matter over the issue of birth place of Lord Buddha remains beyond doubt and controversy and cannot be a subject of debate, as the entire international community is aware about the facts, states the statement adding. ‘Lumbini, the Birthplace of Buddha and the fountain of Buddhism, is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites, reads the statement.
Indian external affairs minister Jaishankar had stated on Saturday while addressing a virtual event that Lord Buddha was Indian. ‘Who are the greatest Indians ever that you can remember?’ Jaishanker had said ‘one is Gautam Buddha and the other is Mahatma Gandhi.’
In the statement, the MoFA has also recalled that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement during his visit to Nepal in 2014. Modi had made the statement while addressing in the parliament that ‘Nepal is the country where the Lord Buddha was born.’