MEA walks again on minister’s Buddha comment

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) 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?” Jaishankar 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.

His stray comment at a time of rocky India-Nepal ties trended on the social media, resulting in the Nepal Foreign Office stating that even PM Narendra Modi in his tackle to Nepal’s Parliament in 2014 had stated, “Nepal is the country where apostle of peace Buddha was born.”

“His 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,” stated MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava in an announcement right now.

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

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