NEW DELHI: Nepal PM K P Oli’s claim that the real
was in Nepal wasn’t meant to debase the significance of Ayodhya and the cultural value it bears,
Nepal foreign ministry
clarified on Tuesday following an uproar in India over Oli’s remarks.
The ministry said the remarks were not linked to any political subject and have no intention to hurt the feeling and sentiment of anyone.
“As there have been several myths and references about
and the places associated with him, the prime minister was simply highlighting the importance of further studies and research of the vast cultural geography the
represents to obtain facts about Shri Ram, Ramayana and the various places linked to this rich civilisation,” said the ministry.
Oli’s remarks had attracted criticism even from senior Nepali political leaders. “PM Oli’s statements have crossed the limit. Extremism only creates trouble,” former PM Baburam Bhattarai posted on Twitter. “Now let'’s hope to hear the new
Ramayan of Kaliyug
from PM Oli,” he added.
Seeking to put an end to the controversy, the ministry recalled that the tradition of celebrating
, where a marriage procession comes from Ayodhya in India to Janakpur, Nepal, takes place every year.
“The PMs of Nepal and India launched the Ramayana Circuit in May 2018, of which Janakpur-Ayodhya Passenger Bus Service is an important component. These facts signify the bond of time honoured cultural affinity between our two countries and peoples,” it added.