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India-Nepal re-look ties

Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and India is where Buddhism was born. But Hinduism, the dominant religion in both nations, has been the more prominent link between both.

world Updated: Mar 28, 2011 01:50 IST
Utpal Parashar

Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and India is where Buddhism was born. But Hinduism, the dominant religion in both nations, has been the more prominent link between both.

Now, a fresh effort is underway to re-look at the historical ties between Nepal and India through the prism of Buddhism. A three-day international conference that started on Sunday hopes to do this.

“This conference will focus on the role of Buddhism and its impact on the cultural bonding between both countries,” said Yogeshwar Verma, deputy director general of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

The conference is being jointly organised by ICCR and Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies of Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu.

Titled Buddhism: Traditional Practices and Pluralistic Innovation, the conference will also delve into plurality of Buddhist sects in India and Nepal.