Real Ayodhya in Nepal, Lord Ram is not Indian: Nepal PM Oli’s remark raises hackles

Nepal PM KP Oli’s remarks are set to trigger huge backlash and outrage as this is bound to offend the sentiments of followers of Lord Ram.

Written by July 13, 2020 22:22

New Delhi: In an incident which is bound to set temperatures soaring between India and Nepal, the Himalayan country’s PM KP Sharma Oli said that real Ayodhya was in Nepal and not in India. He also went on to say that Lord Ram is Nepali and not Indian.

Nepal PM’s remarks raises hackles back home

“We still believe we gave Sita to Prince Ram but we gave the prince too, from Ayodhya, not India. Ayodhya is a village a little west (of) Birgunj (a district in Nepal that is around 135 km from capital Kathmandu),” Nepal PM Oli said at a cultural program at his residence.

Oli’s remarks are set to trigger huge backlash and outrage as this is bound to offend the sentiments of followers of Lord Ram.

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Other contentious issues between two nations

Nepal PM Oli’s contentious remarks come amid a row between the two countries over a revised political map that sees Nepal claim Indian territory. Days back, Nepal redrew the country’s political map through constitutional amendment, incorporating three strategically important areas of Indian territory.

Nepal new map

Nepal Parliament also approved the new political map of the country featuring Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas which India maintains belongs to it.

Last week, Nepal stopped the transmission of all Indian private news channels except Doordarshan, accusing them of airing reports hurting the country’s national sentiment.