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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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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2012

[Ram Kumar Shrestha, the Global Coordinator of ‘Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement’, founded in 2009 for raising awareness of the Buddha birth place Lumbini and Kapilvastu also, spoke to us tonight from Melborne, Australia. He opines that every Nepalese has a sacred duty to join hands towards the movement he has started for world peace through the Buddha’s teachings and messages. He strongly asserts that the Buddha was born in present day Lumbini of southern Nepal.]

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Nepal elected ECOSOC member for 2013-15

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 10, 2012


KATHMANDU: Nepal won a membership at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the next three years term starting from January 1, 2013.
The 67th session of UN General Assembly on Thursday elected Nepal as one among 18 new countries entering the UN principal organ.

“It’s a great achievement we made in the UN,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha, speaking from Indonesia, told THT over phone.

“It shows the international community still wants to see Nepal in global forums,” he added.

Along with Nepal, Albania, Benin, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Haiti, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Netherlands, San Marino, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and the United States have also made it to the 54-member UN organ.

Nepal was one among four countries that was chosen for the forum from Asia-Pacific region this year, securing support from three more countries other than Saudi Arabia, which maintained support from 128 UN member states.

ECOSOC, considered as the most influential UN organ after the Security Council, is responsible for coordinating economic, social and environmental works of 14 UN specialised agencies, their functional commissions and five regional commissions.

It looks after issues of sustainable development, MDGs and upliftment of poorer countries, among others.

“The election to the ECOSOC seat is not only the matter of pride, Nepal will have more say in designing and implementing the ECOSOC programmes,” said Arjun Bahadur Thapa, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nepal had intensified diplomatic lobbying to ensure its place in the UN forum after one decade. DPM Shrestha had lobbied hard for the ECOSOC seat while he was in New York leading the country’s delegation to the 67th UNGA in September.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Greater Lumbini Master Plan: A Herculean Task Ahead

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 6, 2012


Dahal has a tall hill to climb‚ as the Greater Lumbini Project will be almost ten times costly than Lumbini alone. It is a Herculean task indeed. The need of revisiting the present rather ambitious Lumbini plan without diluting its sanctity and concepts has already been expressed in different quarters

Lumbini is again in the news, after remaining in the sidelines for a long time, following the formation of a high level committee chaired by the former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. And, why shouldn’t it be when it is the birthplace of Buddha? Buddha’s notion that there is suffering in the world with desire as its cause has touched the heart and mind of innumerable people around the globe. It is unfortunate that Lumbini should face developmental constraints due to shortage of funds.
This is, however, not the first time that Lumbini has been virtually raised from the ashes in its three thousand year history. It came into prominence in 563 BC when Buddha was born. Lumbini was in the limelight during the visit of Emperor Ashoka, who erected the Lumbini pillar bearing an inscription of the birth of Buddha in 249 BC. Lumbini appears to have started to fall into oblivion as none of the visiting Chinese travelers Mr Yuch Chih in the fourth century, Mr. Fa Hsien in the fifth century and Mr. Yuan Chwang in the seventh make a mention of the all important Lumbini pillar inscription, implying that it was buried in the earth, and nobody bothered to maintain it which reflects serious neglect. It is reiterated by the observation of the horse capital of Lumbini pillar lying on the ground by Mr. Wang Hiuen Tse remaining unattended again in the seventh century. Lumbini was still well known as a Buddist religious site till the visit of Ripu Malla in the year 1312, which is evident from the inclusion of a popular Buddhist verse om mani padmeham in his inscription. But, after that the popularity of Lumbini seems to have taken a nose dive, as Khadga Shamsher had to clear several feet of earth around the Lumbini pillar, when he visited it in the year 1896 along with Mr. Fuhrer. It was given a new lease of life by Kaisher Shamsher in 1928, when he did some construction work. The visit of U Thant, the United Nations General Secretary in the 1950s, was instrumental for the present revival of Lumbini. He mobilized the international community leading to the formation of an International Committee for the development of Lumbini under the umbrella of the United Nations. This international move triggered the inception of Lumbini Development Committee in an effort to coordinate works at the national level.  Read the rest of this entry »

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नेपाली सन्चारद्धारा रामकुमार श्रेष्ठसंग गरिएको जानकारीमूलक कुराकानी

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 17, 2012

यही १५ र १६ तारिख नेपाली सन्चारद्धारा रामकुमार श्रेष्ठसंग गरिएको कुराकानी सुन्न सक्नु भएको छैन भने तलको लिंकमा गएर कुनै पनि बेला सुन्न सक्नु हुनेछ: 

नेपाली सन्चार लिंक:

कुराकानीमा जाने लिंक : (

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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 22, 2012


The Secretary-General on Tuesday announced the appointment of Gyan Chandra Acharya of Nepal as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

Mr. Acharya will replace Cheick Sidi Diarra to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service and achievements.

Mr. Acharya is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations. (Source: the United Nations)

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An Interview with Dr. Minendra Rijal by Mikel Durham

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2012

Dr. Rijal is a member of Nepal’s recently created Greater Lumbini Development National Steering Committee, chaired by ex-Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. Dr. Rijal, a member of the Nepali Congress political party, is also a current member of the Constituent Assembly, ex-Minister of Culture and Chairman of Apex College. Mikel Durham interviewed Dr. Rijal focussing on Lumbini issue.

DUNHAM: You’ve recently been appointed as a Member of the Greater Lumbini Development National Steering Committee. Now that the committee has been created, what progress can be reported?

RIJAL: So far, we have not been able to spend as much time as is needed to move the Lumbini project forward. Prachanda is terribly busy with the politics of the country. In some respects, I am also quite busy — nothing compared to his busy schedule but –
DUNHAM: How many members are on the committee?
RIJAL: Right now we are a six-member committee. And then there is a provision to add another eleven members later on.

DUNHAM: Prachanda is Chair.


DUNHAM: What has the committee actually done so far?

RIJAL: We went to New York and saw the Secretary General (SG) of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, in November. And the reason we went was that we wanted the involvement of the UN in the development of Lumbini.

It all started, however, when, earlier, I was the Minister of Culture. At that time, I established contact with Ban Ki-moon’s office and he extended an invitation. I went there. I presented my argument on Lumbini and he was very keen. He has long been interested in helping Lumbini and in realizing its potential. I knew that his mother was a devoted Buddhist and felt that her son, as Secretary General, should do something for Lumbini.

For his part, Ban Ki-moon also feels that it is his obligation on behalf of the larger Asian Buddhist community– he is the second Asian Secretary General – to do something for Lumbini.

That was one reason, last November, that we thought he could be of great help. And the visibility of his office was going to be very important to help Lumbini realize its potential.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Korean prez asked to correct Buddha’s birthplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 21, 2011


Nepal’s Ambassador to South Korea Kamal Prasad Koirala has written a letter to the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak requesting him to change the erroneous information in the South Korean textbooks regarding the birth of Lord Buddha.

The four-page-long letter states that Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini and that Lumbini is a part of Nepal. The letter further states that when India was under the British rule, some British writers had written that Buddha was born in India and this is still believed true in many parts of the world.

Koirala also said that the General Secretary of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has shown keen interest in development of Lumbini, as it is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. He also stated that even the British Museum has changed the birthplace of Lord Buddha as Nepal on Nov 7.

Koirala has put for`th his belief that Lee would heed to the plea.

Koirala has also forwarded a copy of the letter to Lee Sang-ki, an establishing member of the Asia Journalist Association and the publisher of The Asian. Praising Koirala’s attempt, journalist Lee said that the South Korean government would definitely heed to it. Read the rest of this entry »

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प्रधानमन्त्रीद्धारा लुम्बिनी बिकासमा जोड

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 25, 2011

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2555th Buddha Jayanti in UN Headquarters

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 19, 2011

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