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Press Trust Of India
Kathmandu, January 02, 2010
A book by Indian-American journalist Fareed Zakaria has sparked a row in Kathmandu, with a top Maoists' leader accusing him of misrepresenting facts by claiming that Buddha was born in India instead of Nepal. Zakaria, editor of Newsweek and host of a weekly show on international affairs for CNN, has been flayed by Dinanath Sharma, the spokesperson of CPN-Maoist, for writing that the founder of Buddhism was born in India.

The Maoist leader said Zakaria has hurt the sentiment of Nepalese people by claiming in his book, 'The Post American World', that Buddha was an Indian and Buddhism was born in India.

The objectionable statement of the noted journalist is a serious blow to the sentiment of Nepalese people, Sharma wrote in the Kantipur newspaper.

A Parliament Committee of Nepal has also raised objections to the statement in Parliament and the matter is said to have reached President Ram Baran Yadav, as well as the Foreign and Home ministries, the Maoist leader said.

"Are we ready to believe that Zakaria wrote this without studying about the Buddha?" he wondered.

"But we are not ready to accept this," he said, adding the writer certainly has in-depth knowledge about Buddha which is evident from the detailed analysis of the subject in the book.