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Govt’s Mongolian outreach baffles MEA mandarins- The New Indian Express

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Govt’s Mongolian outreach baffles MEA mandarins

India’s decision to send four Buddha relics, which are bones of Lord Buddha, to Mongolia for twelve days has become a controversial issue within the government. Union minister Kiren Rijiju had accompanied the relics to Mongolia with a delegation of culture ministry officials. The relic was displayed in the Gandan Monastery, which was visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Mongolia visit. The government had made an exception by sending the relic abroad. The relic is classified as an AA category antiquity and is kept in controlled climate conditions. The ministry of culture guidelines prohibit transport of AA category relics. They are not even allowed to be shifted within country. The guidelines relating to these rarest antiquities were drafted by the NDA government in 2014. The Union government had earlier turned…

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