MEA walks again on Jaishankar’s ‘Buddha-was-an-Indian’ comment

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9

The Ministry of External Affairs shortly capped a possible controversy by clarifying its Minister S Jaishankar’s observations on the nation the place Buddha was born.

“Who are the greatest Indians ever that you can remember,” Jaishanker had requested at a webinar on Friday. “I would say one is Gautam Buddha and the other is Mahatma Gandhi,” he answered his question himself.

The Minister’s stray comment at a time of rocky India-Nepal ties trended on social media, resulting in the Nepal Foreign Office declaring that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his deal with to Nepal’s Parliament in 2014 had mentioned, “Nepal is the country where apostle of peace in the world, Buddha was born.”

“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,” mentioned MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava in a press release at the moment.

Jaishankar’s remarks got here weeks after Nepal PM Okay P Oli had courted controversy by claiming that Lord Ram was born in Nepal and was a Nepali. On that event, Oli was criticised for his remarks. 

As Foreign Minister, Jaishankar has seen rocky Indo-Nepal diplomatic ties since November final yr when India launched a map that included some areas additionally claimed by Nepal. On the bottom although, India has plugged away with developmental tasks, together with an oil pipeline.

On Sunday, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra handed over 10 ventilators to Nepal Army chief Purna Chnadra Thapa throughout a ceremony at Nepali Army Headquarters. The present was handed over on behalf of the Indian Army.

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