Kabir Bedi Apologizes For Buddha’s Birthplace Error

Buddha - Zee TV
Buddha – Zee TV

If there’s one topic on the tip of everyone’s tongue right now then it’s about the new show on Zee TV titled “Buddha” which will air every Sunday at 11AM from September 8. When speaking with the media, actor Kabir Bedi stated that Buddha was born in India and Buddhism is one of India’s biggest export to the world. Unsurprisingly, the video footage taken at the press conference has gone viral amongst Nepalese internet users. Experiencing the backlash of some sorts, the actor took to twitter on September 7 to apologize for making the error.



Even though he has apologized, the many thousands who watch the video of the press conference from their television sets at home will go on believing that Buddha was born in India. The shows producer Dr BK Modi shared “At first, I had thought of making this show for the audiences abroad. But when I realised that most people in India do not know the details of Buddha’s life, I changed my mind.” The producer who never shies away from controversies must be loving the growing attention that the TV show is attracting for all the wrong reasons. And everyone online, let us control our emotions and react in a more dignified manner… let us not lower ourselves by using degrading words that do nothing but harm our image. Right now, we have to wait and watch the TV show to see what it will teach. Now that is pretty bad – they want the attention and unfortunately they are getting it! One thing for sure, Zee TV and the makers of Buddha better get ready for more drama, messages and big-scale threats if the TV show is based on any inaccurate or manipulated historical facts.

Furthermore, as Nepalis and ambassadors of Nepal, our history, tradition and culture should not only be limited to us but shared to people from all over the world. It is only then that someone else from faraway will learn about a mystical place called Nepal and what she has to offer. Lets speak and share…

Writing angry statuses online is one thing but as Nepalis living abroad we must unite together to promote our culture and country with more strength and vigour. Whether it’s participating at the London Mela where over 80,000 people (from Asian background) attend or joining different international fairs, those are the opportunities that we must seize to educate non-Nepalis about what Nepal has to offer…

And you readers, what do you think should be done or how do you think we should act? We can’t go on being angry all the time… do we build more statues around Kathmandu? Do we go on a spree of building Buddhist temples and statues in different places of the world (a statue of Buddha was unveiled by a team of Non-resident Nepalis in Switzerland) with a plaque mentioning Buddha’s birthplace as Lumbini, Nepal? Do share your thoughts…

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  1. It surely was a propaganda to raise their TRP #BUDDHA production team! Well, they have got what they were looking for, free publicity.
    For now, we don’t have to burn our calories shouting and defaming their country, for we are from the country where Buddha was born!
    Buddham saranam gachchhami !

  2. if he cud send his apology viral through the same means he advertised his grave mistake world wide it wud make an apology complete.

  3. regarding culture and tradition of nepal. nepal is basically a multicultural nation. buddhist, kirats hindus, muslims, christians etc.etc. curently as per the interim constituion and much sacrifice of the nepalese people. nepal has finally broken the tyranical grip of the hindu religion and hindu monarchy and has declared herself as a secular nation where all religions and cultures are equal unlike the hindu dominance. however the hindu elites of nepal are still stubborn to put the constitution in practise , as they still seem to hold the power of the state but losing its grip as day goes by. the rising power of nepal the ethnic people have already demonstrated their power rendering the hindu oligarch paralysed at the moment. hope for a better and equal nepal soon.

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