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बुद्ध जन्मस्थल बिषयमा केन्द्रित कुराकानी

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 16, 2016

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जिम्मेवारीपूर्ण नि:स्वार्थ नागरिकीय जिम्मेवारीबोध – आजको आवश्यकता: सामाजिक अभियन्ता, इन्जिनियर रामकुमार श्रेष्ठ

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 12, 2014

ramkumarश्रेष्ठ पछिल्लो समय बुद्धको जन्मस्थलबारे भैरहेका गलत प्रचार प्रसारको बिभिन्न किसिमबाट खण्डन गर्दै बुद्धको जन्मस्थल नेपाल हो भन्ने सन्देश बोकेर अघि बढ्नु भएको छ | सन् २००९ मा भारतले बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनीलाई आफ्नै देशमा जन्मेको भनेर नक्कली लुम्बिनी निर्माण गरेको समाचारले उहाँको मन निकै छोयो । उहाँ भन्नुहुन्छ ”यसको न त सरकारले खण्डन गर्यो न त कुनै ठुला मिडिया नै यसको विरुद्धमा लागे । यही सर्बपक्षीय मौनताका कारण भारतको रवैयाको विरुद्ध फेसबुक र इमेल मार्फत बुद्धको जन्मस्थल नेपाल हो भन्ने सन्देश दिने अभिप्रायले अभियानको नेतृत्वदायी सूत्रपात गर्न बिभिन्न देशमा छरिएर रहेका हामी लाग्यौं जसले छोटो समयमा विश्वब्यापी रूप लियो र छोटो समयमा अनपेक्षित उपलब्धिहरु हासिल भए । कोरियापछी स्वीडेनको पाठ्य पुस्तकमा बुद्धको जन्मस्थानबारेमा भएको गलत जानकारी सच्याउने जस्तो अत्यन्तै महत्वपूर्ण काम समेत भैसकेको छ ।”

डाक्टर अथवा इन्जिनियर बनेर देश र समाज सेवा गर्ने बाल्यकालदेखिको सपना बोकेका रामकुमार श्रेष्ठले १९८६ मा छात्रबृत्ति अन्तरगत रसिया गएर आफ्नो इन्जिनियरिङ्ग अध्ययन पुरा गरी १९९२ स्वदेश फर्केर बिभिन्न संस्था मार्फत काम गरी पहिलो पटक सन् २००२ मा अष्ट्रेलिया आइपुग्नु भयो श्रीमतिको मेलबर्न युनिभर्सिटिमा अध्ययनको सिलसिलामा | श्रीमतिको अध्ययनको समाप्तीपछि जुलाई २००४ मा नेपाल फर्किएका श्रेष्ठ २००६ मा बेलायततिर लाग्नु भयो र बिभिन्न इन्जिनियरिङ्ग कन्सल्टेन्सीहरु मार्फत आफ्नो इन्जिनियरिङ्ग कामलाई त्यहाँ निरन्तरता दिनु भयो | उहाँको जीवन यात्रा सन् २०१२ देखि पुन अस्ट्रेलियामातर्फ नै मोडियो र अहिलेको बसाई अष्ट्रेलियामा नै छ | Read the rest of this entry »

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Tidbits of Nepali Journalism ‘’Buddha was born in ……..’’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 6, 2014

By Chiranjibi Paudyal

Buddha born in NepalThat evening, Indian Defence minister Fernandes had hosted a receptionChiranjibi-Paudyal in honour of the participants of the conference. When I met in the reception, he was little bit furious and adamant to his statement. We had arguments. I said ‘Buddha was born in Nepal’ but he said ‘Buddha was born in India.’ I asked him ‘’who told you and how did you know Buddha was born in India’’, he said me ‘’had read since his childhood that Buddha was born in Northern India.’’ I told him if you read UN documents then you will know the real fact. I was so infuriated that I said little bit loudly: ‘’ Do you know ‘’U Thant?’’ You should know UN Secretary General from Asia? Then he said ‘’ Why not.’’

So you must be aware that there is UN project in Lumbini which is in Nepal since the time of U Thant. When I repeatedly said UN Project then he seemed to be convinced, and felt embarrassed. I arranged an interview with him for next morning in the same hotel where we were staying. When we sat for interview, I asked the same question to him like a teacher repeatedly asks a same question to a weak student. Later he corrected saying ‘Buddha was born in Nepal.’

Famous poet Sir Edwin Arnold to UN official say Buddha was born in India distorting the fact and hurting the sentiment of millions of Nepali around the globe. However, I had the opportunity to persuade a senior UN official to make him understand and acknowledge that ‘’ Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal.’’ Read the rest of this entry »

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14 Years Aarya Pokharel’s Amazing Speech on Buddha and Lumbini

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 15, 2014

This video is the part of historic continuous 25 hours program on Buddha and Lumbini that was organized on the occasion 2638th Lumbini Day/ 2558th Buddha Jayanti/ 2603 Samuddha Jayanti of   jointly by Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement and Melbourne based 24/7 radio Nepali Sanchar. 14 years old Aarya Pokhrel, Madhu and Laxmi’s daughter, is very talented girl and her amazing speech on Buddha and Lumbini must be watched

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LKDM Global Award 2013 to Nepali Sanchar Radio

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 3, 2013

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Even after Bedi Twitter apology, the first “Buddha” serial with misinformation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 20, 2013

Buddha_Zee_TVBuddha born in NepalCreating 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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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IN UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, NEPAL MAKES RESTRAINED ASSERTION THAT THE BUDDHA WAS BORN IN ITS LUMBINI

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” But 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 
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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 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 films but his writings seemingly based on later date literature such asVamsa  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’ (मध्यदेश ) or  Madhesh (मधेश ). Therefore, some Nepalese political leaders have nowadays begun to say that the Buddha was born in Madhesh (मधेश ) – not in Lumbini either. But where was Majjhimdesh or Majjhim Desh (मज्झिम देश ) ?  I shall copy below few lines from my 2010 paper: Read the rest of this entry »

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THE BUDDHA BIRTHPLACE LUMBINI IN CONTROVERSY AGAIN

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 23, 2013

[A recent Hindi language television serial, Buddha[1] launched by Zee Network, from September the 8th has added, already frustrated people by Indian over interference, both frustration and anger in Kathmandu. In reaction, on September 13, students staged demonstrations in the streets of Kathmandu against the serial 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.”(2)]
By B. K. Rana
Buddha born in Nepal rally
The Buddha was born in Lumbini, which now is in western Nepal Tarai. The 249 BC inscription on the Lumbini Ashokan pillar reading, “the Buddha was born here in Luminigame” is the evidence, which cannot be contravened otherwise. There are other historical and archaeological evidence that prove the Buddha being Lumbini born and now Lumbini, the Buddhist holy land, is in Nepal. The people of Nepal and others of Nepalese origin elsewhere in the world, regardless of their academic achievements, socio-economic standings and political orientations, believe the Buddha was born in Nepal but feel very offended outright when media publicize otherwise. The Buddha is considered one of the greatest historical personages or Bibhutis – so to say, one of the national heroes of Nepal.
A recent Hindi language television serial, Buddha[1] launched by Zee Network, from September the 8th has added, already frustrated people by Indian over interference, both frustration and anger in Kathmandu. In reaction, on September 13, students staged demonstrations in the streets of Kathmandu against the serial 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.”[2]
Few days later, on September 19 from Gorkha, a hilly township in west Nepal, the Indian envoy to Nepal, Ranjit Ray told that there was no controversy on the Buddha birthplace. He said, “Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini and Lumbini is in Nepal.” Expressing his discontent over the Kathmandu-media-hyped controversy, the ambassador is also reported to have further told that not all Indians may know his being born in Nepal’s Lumbini but ‘children in Indian schools are taught the Buddha was born in Lumbini which is in Nepal.’[3] Read the rest of this entry »

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Lord Buddha’s Birth Place is Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 18, 2013

By Dirgha Raj Prasai

Buddha born in NepalDirgha Raj PrasaiThe Indian Zee TV is going to exercise that releasing the fake news- Lord Buddha’s birth place was India. But, it is 100% fallacious and wrong. Nepal is the birth land of Lord Buddha. This fake propaganda of Zee TV will invite confrontation between Nepal and India. Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini in the 6th century BC in mid Tarai, Nepal.. Lord Buddha is the asset of Nepal who was born in this pious land. A scholar Ram Kumar Shrestha writes- ‘Ashoka Pillar built in 300 BC by Indian Emperor Ashok during his pilgrimage to the birthplace of Buddha still stands Lumbini. A thorough excavation and investigation near the Ashok Pillar has found the Nativity Stone that was laid down to mark
the Buddha’s birthplace.

An international team of archaeologists has begun a three-year survey, coordinated by the UNESCO of the archaeological ruins of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. The team of archaeologists, including experts from Nepal’s Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust, is directed by Robin Coningham, UNESCO Archaeological Expert and Professor of Archaeology, University of Durham. The UNESCO, after careful examination all facts and evidences, has already recognized Lumbini as the Buddha’s birthplace and a World Heritage Site’.

The descriptions of famous ancient Chinese pilgrims, Huian Tsang (who traveled through India between AD 629 & 645) and Fa Hein (who traveled between AD 400 & AD 414) indicate to this area, saying, ‘Lumbini, where the Lord was born, is a piece of heaven on earth where one could see the snowy mountains amidst a splendid garden embedded with Stupas and monasteries.’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha’s Birthplace: Nepal Or India? New Currency Sets The Record Straight

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 17, 2013

By Vishal Arora

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(RNS) Quick: Where was the Buddha born?

To hear many Indians talk, you’d think it was India, where he attained enlightenment and gave his first sermon.

But the people of Nepal know better — and they are eager to correct misconceptions about the Awakened One, considered one of the world’s most revered figures.

Next month, Nepal will circulate a new 100-rupee note with the imprint, “Lumbini: The Birthplace of Lord Buddha.” The currency is part of the government’s most recent effort to correct the record.

It comes amid protests following a promotional video on the private Indian channel Zee TV, which claimed the Buddha was born in India.

Zee TV corrected the error, but Nepal Cable TV Association blocked the channel when the new series on the life of Buddha premiered on Sunday (Sept. 8). The association’s chairman described the move as a way to prevent possible unrest in the country, which is predominantly Hindu but proud of its Buddhist heritage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddha gift to Julia Gillard by Nepalese Community

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 21, 2013

Assistant Minister Hon David Bradbury, MP Hon Ms. Michelle Rowland, Primi Minister Rt. Hon. Julia Gillard, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Mahendra Lamsal
Assistant Minister Hon David Bradbury, MP Hon Ms. Michelle Rowland, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Julia Gillard, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Mahendra Lamsal

Prime Minister Office, Canberra, Australia, 19th June, 2013 On behalf of the Nepalese community living in Australia Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement Global Coordinator Ram Kumar Shrestha and Australia’s Sub-Continent Ministerial Consultative Committee Member Mahendra Lamsal jointly presented the gift of Buddha statue and peace wish letter to the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard. While presenting the gift Mr. Shrestha and Mr. Lamsal said that Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal and, hence; Nepalese community decided to present Peace symbol Buddha statue wishing peace in Australia along with its prosperous development. Prime Minister Gillard thanked for the gift and wish letter and expressed her happiness to have opportunity to decorate her office with the peace symbol Buddha. Immediately after the program Prime Minister Julia Gillard garnished her office show case by the Buddha statue presented by the Nepalese community.

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Buddha was born in Nepal: A Guinness World Record Attempt of Longest Marathon Television Talk Show

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 12, 2013

To sign the petition please click here

We are not going to prove that Buddha was born in Nepal. It is already proved. We just want to dismiss the misinformation and protect human rights of world tourists who actually want to go to Lumbini, Nepal – the birthplace of The Buddha – but going to the wrong place either due to the misinformation or bad intention. Participating in the petition, hence, is very important and help the petition by inviting and requesting your friends to sign.

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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 !!
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गुगलले नेपाल बारे गम्भीर गल्ति गरेको छ गुगल म्याप्ले हाम्रो भूमिलाई पनि भारतमा देखाई दिएको छ। Click Here to Watch >>>http://scotnepal.blogspot.com/2013/02/blog-post_3022.html
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गुगलले नेपाल बारे गम्भीर गल्ति गरेको छ गुगल म्याप्ले हाम्रो भूमिलाई पनि भारतमा देखाई दिएको छ। Click Here to Watch >>> http://scotnepal.blogspot.com/2013/02/blog-post_3022.html
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Chronology of Lumbini-related Events

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 4, 2013

623 BC – 1899 AD | 1900 – 1969 | 1970 – 1979 | 1980 – 1989 | 1990 – 1999 | After 2000

623 BC – 1899 AD

  • 623 BC: Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who later becomes Buddha, is born in Lumbini.
  • 249 BC: Emperor Asoka visits Lumbini and erects the Asoka Pillar with Pali language inscriptions in the Brahmi script to pay homage to Buddha’s birthplace.
  • 350- 375 AD: Chinese Monk Sengtsai belonging to the Chin Dynasty visits Lumbini for pilgrimage and writes accounts of his visit.
  • 399-413 AD: Chinese traveller Fa-hsien visits Lumbini and describes the place where Buddha’s mother, Queen Mayadevi, gave birth to Prince Siddharta and where the newborn was bathed.
  • 636 AD: Chinese traveller Hsuan-tsang visits Lumbini. He describes Lumbini as “a deserted place, and wild animals roamed around enough to warn off travellers.”
  • 1312 AD: Ripu Malla, King of the Malla Kingdom of Kathmandu, visits Lumbini. He is the last visitor to leave evidence of his visit prior to the site remaining in oblivion for centuries.
  • 1896: General Khadga Shamsher, Governor of Tansen, organizes an expedition together with German archaeologist Anton Fuhrer. The Asoka Pillar, which marks Buddha’s birthplace, is re-discovered.
  • 1899: Excavation by Purna Chandra Mukherji discovers the main piece of the Nativity Sculpture. Two additional pieces of the sculpture are found and joined together some 85 years later by Tara Nanda Misra.

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US $ 77 million Gautam Buddha Int’l Airport to be built

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 3, 2013

SAMIKSHA KOIRALA

airport-gautam-buddhaKATHMANDU, Jun 26:Upgrading Gautam Buddha Airport (GBA) at Lumbini, which the government plans to develop into a regional international airport, will cost more than double what the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had earlier assessed, according to the latest detailed study commissioned by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal(CAAN).

“The new assessment done by a Korea-based consulting firm shows that the cost of completion of the first phase upgradation alone will hover around US $ 77 million. This is higher than the earlier estimate by US $ 42 million,” said a senior official at CAAN.

A previous study carried out by the ADB four years ago had put the total cost of first phase upgradation at around US $ 35 million.

Based on that assessment, the government had secured a soft loan of around US $ 38 million under the South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project of ADB. As per the agreement, the Nepal government has to bear 15 percent of the total cost.

The latest estimate has rattled the CAAN – the civil aviation regulator – and it has turned to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to arrange additional funds.

“We have sent a letter to MoF requesting it to arrange additional resources in the coming budget or initiate a dialogue with the ADB for raising the assistance amount,” Tri Ratna Manandhar, director general of CAAN, told Republica.  Read the rest of this entry »

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