A bit-known group shaved off the hair of a Nepalese man in Varanasi to protest Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s feedback on the origins of Lord Ram, prompting Nepal’s envoy to take up the matter with the Uttar Pradesh authorities on Friday.
Members of Vishwa Hindu Sena tonsured the Nepalese man and compelled him to shout “Jai Sri Ram” and anti-Nepal slogans in Varanasi on Thursday. The members of the group, who made a video of the incident, additionally wrote “Jai Sri Ram” on his scalp.
After the video made by the group went viral on social media, Nepal’s ambassador Nilamber Acharya spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath on Friday and raised the matter of making certain the safety and safety of all Nepalese citizens within the state, individuals acquainted with developments stated on situation of anonymity.
“We have raised the matter with authorities in India. People’s safety is important,” one of the individuals cited above stated, with out giving particulars.
The individuals stated Nepal’s envoy was given an assurance in regards to the safety of Nepalese citizens within the nation. The two sides additionally agreed such issues shouldn’t have an effect on bilateral relations, they stated.
Oli sparked an argument with his current remarks that the “real” Ayodhya is in Nepal and that Lord Ram was Nepalese. He had additionally stated Nepal had “become a victim of cultural encroachment” and its historical past was manipulated.
“Although the real Ayodhya lies at Thori in the west of Birgunj, India has claimed the Indian site as the birthplace of Lord Ram,” Oli was quoted as saying by the media.
The Nepal authorities subsequently clarified Oli’s remarks mirrored the numerous myths about Lord Ram and highlighted the necessity for additional analysis on the “vast cultural geography” of the Ramayana. It additionally clarified the remarks “are not linked to any political subject” and there was “no intention at all to hurt the feeling and sentiment of anyone”.
The controversy got here shut on the heels of a border row between India and Nepal, which erupted after New Delhi opened a brand new highway to Lipulekh on the Tibet border and Kathmandu revealed a brand new map displaying Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura as half of Nepalese territory.
Meanwhile, police in Varanasi have registered a primary data report (FIR) towards Vishwa Hindu Sena chief Arun Pathak, who acknowledged in a Facebook publish that members of his group had tonsured the Nepalese man over Oli’s remarks.
Vishwa Hindu Sena had additionally put up posters in Varanasi that stated Nepal’s prime minister ought to cease “acting at the instance of China”.