PM’s remark not a political subject
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that the remarks made on Monday by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli during the 207th birth anniversary celebration of Adikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya, the author of the Ramayana in Nepali language had no intention to hurt the feelings and sentiment of anyone.
“The remarks made by the Prime Minister are not linked to any political subject and have no intention at all to hurt the feelings and sentiment of anyone,” reads a statement issued by the Ministry here today.
The remarks were not meant to debasing the significance of Ayodhya and the cultural value it bears.
As there have been several myths and references about Shri Ram 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 Ramayana represents to obtain facts about Shri Ram, Ramayana and the various places linked to this rich civilization. The statement also underlines the tradition of celebrating Bibaha Panchami where a marriage procession coming from Ayodhya, India to Janakpur, Nepal takes place every year.
The Prime Ministers 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, adds the statement by MoFA. —