After Lord Ram claim, Nepal PM Oli says yoga did not originate in India
In his address on International Yoga Day, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli claimed that yoga originated in Nepal and not in India. The leader had earlier courted controversy when he said Lord Ram was born in Nepal
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli stated that yoga originated in Nepal, not India, in his presentation on International Yoga Day on Monday. He said that yoga was performed in his land long before India was a country. “Yoga was practised in Nepal long before India existed as a nation. India had not even been formed when yoga was discovered. There was no such country as India back then; there were only a few outlying states. Yoga is thought to have originated in Nepal or Uttarakhand. Yoga was not invented in India, according to Oli. Prime Minister Oli went on to add that the sages who devised yoga were not given enough recognition. He also stated that while his country had not been able to spread yoga throughout the world, India had made the discipline popular around the world. “We never paid credit to our sages who discovered yoga,” Oli said. Professors and their contributions have long been discussed. However, we were unable to really stake our claim [on yoga]. We couldn't transport it throughout the world. By proposing to mark International Yoga Day on the northern hemisphere's longest day, Indian Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi made yoga renowned. Then it got international attention.