Even after Bedi Twitter apology, the first “Buddha” serial with misinformation
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 20, 2013
Creating misinformation on Buddha birthplace from Indian side is not a new issue and Nepali side is very furious from this kind of regular drama and attempt to take an unnecessary advantage from Buddha’s Global importance. A recent Hindi language television serial, “Buddha” launched by Zee TV Network already frustrated Nepalese by Indian over interference.
In reaction Nepalese did not limit them only in social medias, but also on September 13, staged demonstrations in the streets of Kathmandu against the serial, Nepal Cable TV Association blocked the channel when the new series on the life of Buddha premiered on Sunday (Sept. 8) and which prompted the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu to post hastily the next day, September 14th, on its Facebook wall, “The question of where Lord Buddha was born was settled over 2000 years ago when Emperor Ashoka installed the pillar with his inscription in Lumbini. Buddha was born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal.” And also actor and TV presenter and commentator Kabir Bedi Twitter apology appeared, “Yes, my friends, I mis-spoke. Forgive me. Lord Buddha was certainly born in Lumbini, Nepal. My apologies to all whose feelings were hurt.” And this issue got space in International papers like Huffington Post and Washington Post as well.
Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement wrote letter to Chairman of Cabinet of Nepal Khil Raj Regmi, however; some Movement activists informed that when they had gone through the serials on line specially the first serial was very embarrassing because of not corrected misinformation. This clearly shows that Movement guess and writing letter to Chairman of Cabinet of Nepal were correct. And wrote another letter to him as our guess was correct and the scenario is changed now.
Buddha’s one of the most important teachings is not to lie. So taking an advantage in the name of Buddha, our Indian colleagues activities are ruining their reputation by themselves in the whole world because of time to time regular misinformation intentionally on Buddha birth place and as a neighbour we are worried about its this kind of status and would like to suggest to be honest at least on Buddha issue. It is not necessary to mention here proofs on Buddha birth place as your time to time apologies and Indian embassy Facebook statuses after protests against your misguided misinformation could be enough to prove it.
The link of the first serial and this is not allowed to watch on line in all countries.
By Ram Kumar Shrestha