Kathmandu, June 22: In another controversial statement, the Acting Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli, claimed that yoga originated in Nepal and not India.
“Yoga originated in Nepal, not India. When yoga first came into being, India did not exist; it was divided into factions, ”ANI news agency reported.
“The India that exists now was not there in the past. India was like a continent or a subcontinent,” ANI reported. He also claimed that Indian experts hid this fact.
Amid the raging pandemic, yoga has played a central role in everyone’s lives as it can help reduce stress levels, boost immunity, increase awareness, and strengthen physical health and mental body in general.
The draft resolution establishing International Yoga Day was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies the unity of mind and body, of thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the meaning of oneness with yourself, the world and nature, ”Prime Minister Modi said in his speech at the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly.
On June 15, 2015, the first International Yoga Day was celebrated around the world.
This is not the first time that Oli has made such controversial remarks. He had earlier that the “real” Ayodhya is in Nepal, not India and that Lord Ram was born in Thori in southern Nepal.
In India, there is a big dispute over Ayodhya. But, there is no dispute in our Ayodhya “, declared Prime Minister Oli, quoted by his press adviser Surya Thapa.
“Valmiki Ashram is also in Nepal and the holy place where King Dasharath performed the rites to obtain the son is in Ridi, which is in Nepal,” he said. Since Dasharath was the ruler of Nepal, it is only natural that his son Ram was also born in Nepal, Oli argued.
Therefore, the real Ayodhya is in Nepal, he claimed. A lot of inventions and scientific knowledge originated in Nepal, but unfortunately such a rich tradition could not continue later, said Oli.