Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the hearts and minds of Nepalese people when he began his gripping address to the Parliament in Nepali language in August. Lord Buddha was born in Nepal, and Nepalis don’t take kindly when it is referred that Buddha was ‘Indian’ which often happens informally. It was Modi’s reference to Lord Buddha being born in Nepal that drew greater appreciation and appraisal.
But only after a month of his great speech in Nepal, his Japan visit revealed different things. Just like in Nepal he started off his speech in Japanese language. At Tokyo’s Sacred Heart University while addressing the university students he said in Sept 2 2014 ‘India is a land of Lord Buddha. Buddha lived for peace and suffered for peace and that message is prevalent in India.”
Can it be just a slip of tongue? If not, does your perception towards Modi change after watching this?
Modi’s speech in Nepal, August 2 Kathmandu
Modi’s speech in Japan, September 2 Tokyo (Watch at 17:08)