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Kathmandu, Dec. 28: The government should be serious towards the development of Lumbini and preventing wrong dissemination about the historic site, stressed participants of a programme here Saturday.

Taking part in an interaction programme organised by the Lumbini – Kapilvastu Day Movement here today, the participants expressed serious concerns over the wrong dissemination about the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

“The misinformation that Buddha was born in other countries is being disseminated in the international media and the government should take a diplomatic step to correct it and make the world known that ‘Siddhartha Gautam (who is known as the Gautam Buddha) was born in Nepal’, they stressed.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha said the government has allocated around Rs. 200 million to the Lumbini Development Trust to carry out development activities in the area.

National Planning Commission Vice Chairman Dr Rabindra Kumar Shakya said Lumbini is a holy place for the Buddhists and it is necessary to give true and factual information about the birthplace (Nepal) of Buddha to the entire world. Curriculum on the Buddhist teaching and philosophy should be included from the school to college level, he demanded.

Nepali Congress leader Deep Kumar Upadhyay and CPN (UML) leader Ghanashyam Bhusal said the Ashoka pillar and a piece of stone  displaying footmarks of the Buddha are strong evidences to prove that he was born in Lumbini.

Trust member secretary Ajiman Tamang, Buddhist teacher Vikshu Koudanya, an expert of Buddhist philosophy Kedar Shakya and former Ambassador Kamal Koirala said fabricated information being disseminated of late regarding the birthplace of Gautam Buddha are a matter of serious concern and the entire Nepali nation should be aware of this. RSS

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