India and Nepal’s ever-strengthening friendship will benefit entire humanity, says PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi said on Monday that India and Nepal’s always reinforcing fellowship and their closeness will help the whole humankind in the arising worldwide circumstance as he compared the ties between the two neighbors as unshakeable like the Himalayas.

Modi, who visited the Himalayan country at the greeting of his Nepalese partner Sher Bahadur Deuba on a day-long visit to Lumbini on the event of Buddha Purnima, offered the comments while tending to the International Buddhist Conference here.

“India and Nepal’s steadily reinforcing companionship and our closeness will help the whole humankind in the sort of worldwide circumstances that are arising,” Modi said in his 20-minute exceptional location.

PM Modi, who went to the 2566th Buddha Jayanti Celebration at International Convention Center and Meditation Hall at Lumbini, was joined by his Nepalese partner Deuba and his companion Dr Arzu Rana Deuba. A few Nepalese priests were among different dignitaries present.

Modi said that India and Nepal relations are unshakeable like the Himalayas and added that both the nations will pursue tackling worldwide issues with Buddha’s belief systems. “Buddha is the exemplification of the aggregate comprehension of mankind,” Modi told the get-together of approximately 2,500 individuals that included priests, Buddhist researchers and worldwide members in Lumbini.

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Lumbini, situated in the Terai fields of southern Nepal, is perhaps the holiest spot of Buddhism, as Lord Buddha was brought into the world there. Modi said the energy of the spot where Lord Buddha was conceived, gives him an alternate inclination. “I was glad to see that the Mahabodhi sapling I had gifted in 2014 for this spot, is currently developing into a tree,” he added.

“From Sarnath, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar in India to Lumbini in Nepal, this sacred spot is an image of our normal legacy and shared values. We need to foster this legacy together and enhance it further,” Modi said.

He said the development of the Lumbini Museum in Nepal is additionally an illustration of joint collaboration between the two nations. He said laying out Dr Ambedkar Chair for Buddhist Studies in Lumbini Buddhist University was chosen. Modi said where he was conceived, Vadnagar in Gujarat, was an extraordinary place for Buddhist learning hundreds of years prior. “Indeed, even today old relics are getting out there, and the protection work for them is continuous,” he added.

“In Janakpur, I had said that Our Ram is additionally inadequate without Nepal. I realize that today when a terrific sanctuary of Lord Shri Ram is being inherent India, individuals of Nepal are similarly blissful,” Modi said.

On his part, Nepalese Prime Minister Deuba depicted India as a “nearby neighbor and a confided in companion.” Deuba said he had a “productive conversation” with Prime Minister Modi prior and he was looking forward for creating Buddha Circuit including Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar in India.

 India, Nepal signs six MoUs

The different sides have, in the mean time, marked six Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) on participation in social and instructive areas. The Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) inked separate MoUs with Lumbini Buddhist University on the foundation of Dr. Ambedkar Chair for Buddhist Studies; with Tribhuvan University on the foundation of ICCR Chair of Indian Studies and with the Kathmandu University (KU) on the foundation of the ICCR Chair of Indian Studies.

A MoU between Kathmandu University (KU) and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) was likewise marked. A Letter of Agreement (LoA) among KU and IIT-M was finished paperwork for joint degree program at Master’s level.

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An arrangement between SJVN Ltd and Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) for Development and execution of Arun 4 Project was additionally inked. PTI

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