On Monday PM Narendra Modi’s first visit to Nepal after his 2019 re-election will now focus on cementing bilateral ties which share the culture and civilisation heritage, energy and education heritage, and connectivity, and people familiar with the matter said. PM Modi will be meeting PM Sher Bahadur Deuba at Lumbini (Pm of Nepal). Lumbini is the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha who later become Buddha after the enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in India, after taking a short helicopter ride from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, the place where the Lord performed Nirvana after his death.
He will visit all the historical places in Lumbini on the auspicious day of Buddha Purnima, the day of the founder of Buddhism, which has now nearly billions of followers all across the world, who achieved enlightenment and attained Nirvana. The main purpose of the visit is to deepen the cultural relationships between the two neighbours countries by focusing on the common Buddhist and Hindu heritage while both the Prime Ministers will inaugurate India - the funded Buddhist centre at Lumbini. The PM of India has already paid a visit to Sita Devi Temple at Janakpur and the famous Vishnu Temple at Muktinath in his earlier visit to Nepal. The two close neighbours are expected to move on to education with the possibility of a premier Indian technical university establishing a satellite campus in Kathmandu and Nepal getting the benefit of Indian advanced education in emerging and critical fields such as quantum computing, the people cited in the first instance added. Deepening energy cooperation finding a mentioned in the vision statement released during Deuba’s visit to India both the countries will be discussing hydroelectric cooperation based on mutual benefit.
India is keen to not only invest in and build hydroelectric power units in Nepal but also build the transmission lines to evacuate power for sale across the border. India’s national security planners are keen that Kathmandu recognises New Delhi’s concern over Chinese inroads into the Himalayan Republic in the road infrastructure sector while Modi is all for helping Nepal grow. For instance, the Gautam Buddha International airport in Bhairahawa near Lumbini has been upgraded by a Chinese company to be the second international airport in Nepal after Kathmandu.
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