By The Colourboard Desk
Nepal's PM Mr. KP Sharma Oli claimed on Hindu Mythological God Ram’s birth place to be in Nepal and not in India. His claims have been widely condemned both in Nepal and India.
Speaking at the 207th birth anniversary celebration of Adikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya, the author of Legend Ramayana in Nepali language, Oli said, Lord Ram was not born in India but “real Ayodhya lies at Thori in the west of Birgunj."
India has rejected Nepal’s claim as without any historical evidence and hence stated it to be baseless.
Nepal's foreign ministry trying to handle the situation said with a statement that “The remarks were not meant to debasing the significance of Ayodhya and the cultural value it bears”. Whereas former Nepal PM Baburam Bhattarai made a tweet to suggest that Oli’s claim seems to be strange and unacceptable. He tweets, “Let’s listen to the new Ramayana of the half-poet Olikrit Kali Yugin! Let’s travel directly to Baikunthadham!” he said questioning Oli’s credentials on his claims.
On Tuesday, He was also slammed by UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya, who said that such a statement only shows Oli’s “mental bankruptcy”.
“Oli Ji should know that Nepal has also been a part of Aryavarta (India) in the past,” he added.
Oli had not only questioned the geographical references in Ramayana but had also blamed India of alleged cultural encroachment by creating a fake Ayodhya. He said "Nepal had been a victim of cultural encroachment and manipulation of history."
However both the nations are talking about Ram lalla's birth to be in Ayodhya and trying to fix the location of Ayodhya, the question of Buddhist relics found under the Ramjamnbhumi in Ayodhya during the land leveling still remains untouched.