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Buddha Birthplace Issue: Bishal Kafle wrote to Professor Charles W. Hill

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 1, 2012

Update: Response fro Professor
On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM, Charles W.L. Hill <chill@u.washington.edu> wrote:

Thanks Brishal, that error was corrected several editions ago (we are now on the ninth edition).

Regards

Charles Hill

Buddhists and researchers want to visit the proper birthplace of Buddha – Lumbini, Nepal – and not the fake one, however; there are lots of misinformation – in course books, web sites etc. The misinformation is due to two reasons: intentionally and unknowingly due to the misinformation created. Lumbini, Nepal is under UNESCO world heritage site list and UNESCO this decision was because of Buddha’s birthplace. Please click here for the detail.

To try to dismiss this misinformation is everybody’s duty as every year thousands of tourists are taking to the fake Lumbini and they do not know that they visited fake Lumbini.  Their intention is to see the real one and not the fake one. We, therefore, can imagine how they feel if they know the reality. This is against human rights.

Charles W. Hill, Professor at University of Washington wrote a book “International Business-Competing in the Global Market Place” and in this book also misinformation on Buddha’s birthplace. Bishal Kafle wrote a letter requesting to correct the information and we would like to post his letter here for the information:

Dear SIr,

I am a final year undergraduate student of business administration from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. In my course of International Business, my lecturer suggested me to follow the book written by Charles W. Hill, Professor at University of Washington. I did accordingly and right now I am studying the book “International Business-Competing in the Global Market Place” – Fourth Edition, an Indian reprint.

The reason behind writing this email is that i have found a very crucial blunder on his fourth edition book. I couldn’t find out the latest edition in the market so i couldn’t confirm whether he has already revised it or not. So, i would like to talk to the professor in this regard.

He writes in his book, “Buddhism was founded in the sixth century B.C. by Siddhartha Gautam, an indian prince………..”. However, Siddhartha Gautam was born in Kapilbastu-Lumbini that lies in sovereign country Nepal. This mistake of professor circulates a wrong information to the business graduate all around the world. So, understanding the seriousness of the problem, I would appreciate if you would help me to forward this email to the professor and let me talk with him.

I will be waiting for the reply.

 Best regards,

Bishal Chandra Kafle
Tribhuwan University
Kathmandu, Nepal

And this is the response he received:

Hello Bishal,

I am unable to assist you with your observation of Professor Hill’s book.  Please contact the Department of Management and Organization in the Foster Business School (http://www.foster.washington.edu/academic/departments/mo/Pages/contact.aspx). They may be able to assist you or put you in touch with Professor Hill.

Thank you,

Summer Duncan Korst
Human Resources Specialist
P:  206-221-6193 
F:206-221-4622

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