On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the historic site, Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha, on Monday, at the invitation of his Nepalese Counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba. This is the fifth visit to Nepal as the Prime Minister of India. This meeting indicates the improving relations with Nepal which has always been the priority for Prime Minister Modi, to get tied in good relations with the neighbouring country.
Prime Minister will participate in prayers at the sacred Mayadevi temple and, separately will also participate in the Shianayas ceremony of a centre for Buddhist culture. PM Modi will lay a foundation stone for the construction of a Buddhist culture and heritage centre, along with Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, and India will assist in the building of such heritage. PM Modi will also deliver an address on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. And along with the talk Prime Minister Deuba will host a lunch in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit.
Former Nepali Ambassador to India, Durgeshman Singh expressed the happiness of increasing brotherhood relations between the country saying, “Culture brings people closer and the visit will add value to public life and society.”
Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba was in Delhi last month on his first bilateral visit abroad after becoming Prime Minister for the fifth time in July 2021 which was focused mainly at accelerate fresh momentum into bilateral ties. The numbers of key issues were the point of concern to discuss along with the boundary issue. Nepal shares a border of over 11850 km with five Indian states namely Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
In Lumbini, both the two Prime Ministers will hold bilateral talks and exchange views on Nepal-India cooperation and matters of mutual interest, the Ministry of Foreign affairs said in a statement. “The visit of Prime Minister, Modi will contribute to strengthening the relations of both the country and the old-age socio-culture bonds between the two countries”.
The foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwarta said that “The fact that a return visit is taking place in such a close succession is a reflection of the closeness of our high-level exchanges as well as of the upward trajectory in our mutually beneficial partnership”, foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwarta said. Also added The conversation between the two leaders will pick up from where they left off last month when the Prime Minister Deuba visited here and no doubt cover all elements of our bilateral engagement whether it is development partnership, whether it is assessment and stock-taking of how connectivity projects are doing, what more can be done to connect the two societies of South Asia and also aspects related to hydropower cooperation, trade and investment.”
The centrepiece of the economy of Nepal is Tourism and religious tourism is one of the main contributors to the Nepalese tourism industry. Not only it has generated thousands of jobs, but, has also promoted It also generate jobs for the people residing there which weakens unemployment. It also promotes Nepalese culture and traditions.