An undiplomatic gesture that was not unexpected though from an Indian Yoga Guru Ram Dev, who seemed not to posses any knowledge whatsoever of the strategic geopolitical situation of South Asia, upon landing in Kathmandu March 26, 2010, drew his six day yoga camp into controversy and above all an embarrassment to the Indian establishment itself.
Ram Dev’s Yoga Camp began March 27, 2010, and will end on April 1, 2010.
Though Ram Dev expressed his serious reservations over growing Chinese presence here, he also forwarded an open challenge to China to open the border with Nepal if it can?
“There are nearly 50 lakh Nepalese working in India. China should also allow such access to Nepali citizens. If it doesn’t it will expose its evil design of trying to gain control over Nepal,” he said at a press meet.
Do Baba Ram Dev’s somewhat awkward remarks, who recently declared his entrance into India’s politics, represent his personal views or that of India’s political leadership?
Whether it was a deliberate anti-China outburst from a Nationalist Indian remain so far unknown?
Indian Nationalism, as the Nepalese have understood, is nothing but anti-China outburst and hatred against Pakistan.
Look how he makes a brazen comment against China.
“If China is the real well-wisher of Nepal then it should open its borders with this country and make the to and fro movement of Nepalese into China free…China should provide employment to the Nepalese else it does not have good intentions on Nepal”, said Baba Ram Dev immediately upon his arrival in Kathmandu, Friday.
Whether the open border with China will only facilitate the Nepalese from entering China or it will also ease China to bulldoze India’s socio-cultural, economic, security and political interests in Nepal is an open question now?
His remarks, critics say is an open invitation for the Han settlers, who have already threatened the sanctity of Tibet-the annexed part of China, to settle in Nepal and thus bring an end to India’s overt and covert presence in Nepal.
Ram Dev not only criticized China, Nepal’s friendly northern neighbor, but also criticized his own country-Bharat.
“Mata Sita and Lord Buddha belong to Nepal…they are the Nepalese pride”, he said adding, “India is misinforming the world about Lord Buddha’s birth, I strongly deplore this Indian act.”
Surprisingly, Ram Dev’s remarks are in contradiction to what he claims in his book “Jeevan Darshan”.
In the book claims this Indian swami that he is proud to be born in the country where Lord Buddha was also born, India. Ram Dev was born in India.
Look what he says in the e-Book, Page 6, Jeevan Darsha: Solutions to Unanswered Questions of Life:
“I am extremely fortunate to have taken birth on the soil of this holy and pure country, which has also been the birthplace of divine personalities such as Shri Krishna, Buddha, Mahavir, Guru Nanakdev and Guru Govind Singh, brave heroes such as Maharana Pratap, Chattrapati Shivaji, Chandrashekhar Azad, Subhash Chandra Bose, Ram Prasad Bismil, Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Ashfaq, and holy souls such as Maharshi Dayanand and Swami Vivekanand. I pray to Mother India while offering the flower of my life.”
This double standard of the Indian Swamy.
Fresh media reports here in Nepal claim that India was carrying out massive construction works of a fake birth place of Budhha, Lumbini in the state of Uttar Pradesh and misinforming the Indian public that Lord Buddha was born in India.
The Avenues Television Channel had only last week carried out a comprehensive report that claimed that some 20 Kilometers South of Nepal’s Kapilvastu across the border in the State of Uttar Pradesh, India was carrying out construction works of a fake Kapilvastu and it was in an unashamed manner claiming that Lord Buddha was born at the place-the fake Kapilvastu.
The Television Channel also reported that India’s academic texts and Tourist & Travel guides have been claiming that Buddha was born in India.
“I urge India not misinform the public”, Ram Dev also said.