Nepal bans Bollywood movie over Buddha birth claim
The student activists of All Nepal National Independent Students Union belonging to ruling leftist party staged anti-India demonstrations in front of Trichandra College in the heart of Kathmandu city by blocking roads for showing that Buddha was born in India.
Siddhartha Gautam, who later became Buddha, was born about 2,600 years ago in Lumbini, a western Nepal town.
The group led by noted documentary-director Manoj Pandit staged a sit-in for three hours starting 10 am today. They had also demonstrated in the area yesterday as well.
The new Indian movie ‘Chandni Chowk to China’ introduces India as “the land where Buddha was born”.
Pandit informed, “This is a phase-wise protest. We want an apology from the producers of the movie. This lie is being screened everywhere else in the world. This has to stop.”
He is scheduled to meet with the Indian Ambassador on Sunday to discuss the same and about the encroachment of Nepali land by the Indian side.
The protestors also demanded the resignation of Minister for Local Development Ram Chandra Jha.
Pandit said he will meet the leadership of the CPN-UML and urge to terminate Jha from the party.
Minister Jha had recently remarked that nobody knows what happened 200 years ago on the context of Buddha’s birthplace, according to reports.
The government on Thursday banned the screening of ‘Chandni Chowk…’ nationwide citing controversial narrations and scenes.