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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 1, 2013

[In the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York few days ago, Nepal somehow made a lamentably restrained lowly assertion that the Buddha was born in its Lumbini.  The Himalayan country’s Interim Election Council Chairman Justice Khil Raj Regmi in his address to the general assembly said, “ I bring with me the message of peace and non-violence from Lumbini; the birth place of Gautam Buddha, the apostle of peace and the greetings and best wishes from the government and people of Nepal.” I rather would have loved him say  instead that he had brought with him “the message of peace and non-violence from Nepal’s Lumbini; the birth place of Gautam Buddha”.  But he did not say so and, which is very lamentable. We fully understand why he had required to make such a strangely twisted, indirect reference in his address but very sadly he failed to do so truly. ]

 By B. K. Rana 

Buddha birth place UN
While debating the Buddha and recent television serial on him and the news reported by Hindustan Times [1]  and also by The  Washington Post[2] and The Huffington Post [3]  from down here, it may be worthwhile writing something today again on the other 12 part Buddha film made by a professor of history from Odisha[4] who also had discussed with me after the publication of my paper on the Buddha birthplace on February 14, 2010[5]. I have no idea how he has made those 12 part films but his writings seemingly based on later day literature such as Vamsa  Gathas from Ceylon, that is to say from Shri Lanka and other local publications, I assume they are also like what Zee TV aired recently.
It is not only the Buddha birthplace, Lumbini of present day Nepal Tarai, which has been brought into question since 1928; those professors and other authors from Odisha  are also found questioning about the actual location of  the Bodhi Tree[6] under whose shade the Buddha had attained enlightenment. Those scholars following, Mahagatimbiya—Tissadatta, a Bhikkshu from Shri Lanka, who seems to have visited the Bodhi Tree site, think the tree being very close to an ocean and also think the view running parallel to those of the Chinese travelers. Those historians  and authors also talk of Majjhimdesh (मज्झिम देश). In Jatakas and Lalita Vistara  the Buddha is said to have himself told he was born in Majjhimdesh or Majjhim Desh (मज्झिम देश) – the ‘middle country’ (मध्य देश) or  Madhesh (मधेश). Therefore, some Nepalese political leaders from Madhesh have nowadays begun to say that the Buddha was born in Madhesh (मधेश) – not in Lumbini either. But where wasMajjhimdesh or Majjhim Desh (मज्झिम देश) ?  I shall copy below few lines from my 2010 paper:
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Buddha birth place issue honesty on “Kaun Banega Crorepati”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 26, 2013

Popular Indian TV program Kaun Banega Crorepati, Super Star Amitabh Bacchan and the participant-winner of Rs. 6,40.000 became honest on Buddha birth place issue despite many Indians’ want. Even Zakaria never apologized for his mistake in his book “THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD” despite all sorts of pressure. Good on you.  

Relevant link:

Newsweek Editor Fareed Zakaria Apologised Tactfully

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Facebook Upshot: Google Mistakes Again

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 14, 2013

Few years ago Google was showing Buddha’s birth place in India, but after our pressure it corrected its mistake

Google Corrected its Mistake (Breaking News)

Now it is doing another mistake showing Nepal’s land within India. Watch this video

गुगल म्याप्को गम्भीर गल्ति??? हरेक नेपाली ले जान्नु पर्ने !! सक्दो सेयर गरिदिनु होला !!
गुगलले नेपाल बारे गम्भीर गल्ति गरेको छ गुगल म्याप्ले हाम्रो भूमिलाई पनि भारतमा देखाई दिएको छ। Click Here to Watch >>>
गुगल म्याप्को गम्भीर गल्ति??? हरेक नेपाली ले जान्नु पर्ने !! सक्दो सेयर गरिदिनु होला !! 
गुगलले नेपाल बारे गम्भीर गल्ति गरेको छ गुगल म्याप्ले हाम्रो भूमिलाई पनि भारतमा देखाई दिएको छ। Click Here to Watch >>>

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Kenzo Tange Master Plan for Lumbini

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 17, 2013


When U Thant visited Nepal in April 1967 as Secretary-General of the United Nations, he proposed the development of Lumbini into a major centre of pilgrimage. This was followed by a UNDP consultant mission in December 1969, which led to a report that established the basis for further planning around Lumbini.

In 1970, the International Committee for the Development of Lumbini (ICDL) was set up comprising initially of 13 members and later expanded to 16 member states. The initial member states were Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Later, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Republic of Korea also joined. At the national level, the Lumbini Development Committee was formed. ICDL initiated the preparation of the Master Plan for Lumbini, which was conceptualized by Kenzo Tange starting from 1972. The Kenzo Tange Master Plan was finalized and approved in 1978. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seoul moves to confirm Buddha’s birthplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 29, 2011

By Park Si-soo

The government plans to launch an investigation into an allegation that the birthplace of Lord Buddha is wrongly described in Korean textbooks.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) said Tuesday it will seek cooperation with relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, to confirm the claim.

This move comes one day after The Korea Times reported that Nepal’s Ambassador to Korea Kamal Prasad Koirala had sent a letter to President Lee Myung-bak, arguing that Buddha’s birthplace is in Nepal. Many Korean textbooks say the sacred place is in India, the ambassador said in the letter, calling on Lee to correct it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breaking News: Finally British Museum Decided to Make Correction

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 7, 2011

It is our Great pleasure to inform you all that the news “ब्रिटिश म्युजियमलाई बुद्ध जन्मस्थल जानकारी सच्याउन थप दबाब दिऔं” is  already history. It is just couple of hours that British Museum Facebook page has notified with its decision to correct in use of location and words to describe birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha in their page.

The page writes: In the spirit of clarity, the British Museum wants to be unambiguous and accurate on this issue – the Buddha was born in Lumbini which is in Nepal. The Museum is always seeking to find the clearest way to put past history into understandable statements in the Museum, on our website and in our online records. Thank you for your feedback. Please be assured this is an important issue to the Museum and has been passed on to our curatorial team to establish where further clarity in the Museum and online may be required.

We would like to thank you all for your valuable time to give pressure to British Museum to keep the Buddha birth place correct information. We were optimistic that British Museum could listen our voice to maintain its Global reputation. We would like to thank British Museum listening our voice to keep the Buddha birth place correct information.

British Museum’s relevant postings on its wall: Read the rest of this entry »

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ब्रिटिश म्युजियमलाई बुद्ध जन्मस्थल जानकारी सच्याउन थप दबाब दिऔं

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 6, 2011

कान्तिपुरमा यही कार्तिक १६ मा नविन पोखरेलद्धारा तयार पारिएको सामग्री “ब्रिटिश म्यूजियममा वुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको भ्रामक सन्देश“, नेपालीपत्रको बर्ष ६ अंक १८ मा प्रकाशित नबिन पोखरेलकै “….बुद्धबारे जताततै भ्रम” र नेपालीपत्रकै सोही अंकमा नै प्रकाशित रामकुमार श्रेष्ठद्धारा लिखित “नक्कली लुम्बिनीले उब्जाएका जटील प्रश्न” पस्चात म्युजियमले आफ्नो फेसबुक पेजमा कुटनीतिक भाषा प्रयोग गरी आफूले बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको भनी उल्लेख नगरेको भनेको छ भने नेपालमा जन्मेको भनी भन्न पनि सकेको छैन ।
म्युजियमकै भाषा यस्तो छ: In light of recent comments about the Buddha’s birthplace, we would like to reassure you that the Museum does not state that the Buddha was born in India. We state that the Buddha was born into a small kingdom that flourished in north-eastern India in about 500 BC. The kingdom covered a reasonably wide area in the northern plains, along with several others of the time. When the Buddha’s mother was expecting, the family decided that she should proceed north to the hills to give birth. This she did, but gave birth along the way, in Lumbini at foot of the Himalayas. The site of Lumbini is in Nepal about 20 miles from the modern border with the Republic of India. If you are aware of an instance where the incorrect information is written or posted please let us know where so we can look into it. You are welcome to leave comments about this subject on the main wall but please note that comments about this subject on unrelated posts will be deleted as they are off topic. Please see further information about commenting in the info tab. Read the rest of this entry »

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UN supports APECF’s Lumbini plan: Xiao Wunan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 14, 2011


There has been great excitement, debate and controversy about the plans of the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF) to mobilize investment of US$3 billion for the development of Lumbini as a Special Development Zone (SDZ). Purna Basnet caught up with Xiao Wunan, executive vice-chairman of APECF in Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong last Friday to shed more lights on the issue.


What is the current position of the Lumbini plan?

It is in the planning stage. Some reports said China is investing US$3 billion but without a feasibility study no one can invest such a big amount. We will hire a professional team for planning, which will take about one year. We hope that will happen faster but it will certainly take at least six months. APECF needs a concrete idea to come to Lumbini. APECF signed the MoU with UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Beijing, for feasibility study. UNIDO is a consultant for planning and framework designer of the project.

Was a MoU actually signed with UNIDO?

Yes, but there has been some misunderstanding and distortion in this regard. The misunderstanding was that UNIDO would get a slice of the profits. But that’s not the case; UNIDO was acting as a consultant for planning.

But the UNIDO headquarters refused to recognize the MoU. What is your take on that?

I cannot answer this question on the record.

Don´t you think that the MoU signed by APECF and UNIDO in Beijing is against Nepal’s national sovereignty?

It is a part of the process. When we wanted to do this project, we needed to get the approval of Nepal. Before signing the MoU with UNIDO, I met more than 10 members of the cabinet of Nepal, including the finance and deputy prime minister and culture minister. UNIDO as a consultant was advising us on whether or not to go ahead with this project and how to carry it out.

We hired five organizations, among them a famous US think tank, to study the possibility of this project and a bank to advise us on the investment risks. So, before all these study reports come out, we would not know what the political, economic and social risks are. The MoU was signed just for feasibility study. Lumbini belongs to Nepal and Nepali people are going to benefit from it. So this is not against Nepal´s national sovereignty. Read the rest of this entry »

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