‘Lord Ram is Nepali not Indian,’ claims Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli 

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (file image)

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has claimed that Ayodhya lies in Nepal, not in India, adding that Lord Ram was Nepali, not Indian.

“Real Ayodhya lies in Nepal, not in India. Lord Ram is Nepali, not Indian,” Nepali media quoted PM Oli as saying.

Speaking at a cultural programme at his residence, Oli then accused India of cultural oppression and encroachment, and said Nepal’s contribution to science had been undervalued. “We have been oppressed a bit culturally. Facts have been encroached,” he said.

Oli further elaborated: “We still believe that we gave Sita to Indian Prince Ram. But we gave to the prince from Ayodhya, not India. Ayodhya is a village a little west to Birgunj, not the Ayodhya created now.”

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Oli’s contentious remarks come amid a row between the two neighbouring countries over a revised political map that sees Nepal claim Indian territory – the Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand and the Limpiyadhura and Kalapani areas.

Last month, the Nepal parliament passed a constitutional amendment to update the country’s map to claim these lands. Days later the National Assembly passed the bill.

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