Indian External Affair Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar ‘s claim Gautama Buddha was an Indian took a serious concern in Nepal, thus the Nepal government took an exception against his statement and asserted that Nepal is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. In order to handle the issue, India reassured Nepal that “No doubt Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal.
What EAM Jaishankar Said which started Spark in Controversy?
At a webinar, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was asked “who are the greatest Indians ever that you can remember?” “Mahatma Gandhi and the other is Gautam Buddha” as per EAM Jaishankar. His statement that claimed Gautam Buddha as one the Greatest Indians took a form of controversy between both the nations that was quickly soothed down by India assuring Nepal as Nepal is the genuine birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
Both India and Nepal are the Hindu nations that share traditional heritage. But Jaishankar’s attempt to muse the greatest Indians that included Gautama Buddha could not bear by Nepal. Nepal had always been extraordinarily sensitive, consequently on the very next day Nepal foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali stated that “it was a well established and undeniable fact proven by historical and archaeological evidence that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal.”
Nepal foreign minister has also reminded through his statement that the prime minister of India has referred Nepal as the country where “apostle of peace Buddha was born”, in 2014 during his speech to Nepal parliament. Nepal foreign minister further adds that the historical evidence and facts of Buddha’s birth in Nepal cannot be denied, thus, this matter is far away from controversy and doubt; therefore, this should not be addressed as a subject of debate.
Anurag Shrivastava, Indian MEA spokesperson suddenly took the matter in his hands to put a lid on the controversy. He said “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,”
In 2013, Indian TV channel ZEE TV was taken off from Nepal over a serial on Gautama Buddha. Zee TV was telecasting a series on Gautama Buddha, in which the birthplace of Buddha was shown India, thus this took a form of road protests and considerable outrage on various platforms including social media. Consequently, the Nepal government had to command over 300 cable operators to block Zee TV.