Sudden disappearance of Nepal’s ‘Little Buddha’ triggers wild speculations.
So, the Buddha Boy has left the meditation venue. Was that a voluntary decision or the 16-year-old ‘Little Buddha’ was forced to end his meditation? Just like the contradictory views about Ram Bahadur Bomjam’s ‘eating habit’, conflicting guesses about his ‘sudden’ departure from the jungle of Ratanpur Village of Bara District are emerging. Why he left? Everyone in the streets of Kathmandu who was aware of the news and whom I met today was asking this question. Over the months, Ram Bahadur has become the constant source of news and topic for tea-talks in Nepali society. So the latest development has become one of the most sensational news of the recent years in Nepal (and the development has already made headlines around the world). Posters of Ram Bahadur have been widely distributed in Nepal depicting him as a larger than life figure as if he was a REAL Buddha. In a society where there are hundreds of thousands of people firmly believe in the “divine power” of Sai Baba, an Indian personality, it is no surprise that Ram Bahadur Bomjam found a warm and convincing place in peoples’ heart.
Ram Bahadur was caught in between the ‘cold war’ of administration and the Maoist rebels. The administration was alleging that the Maoists were levying ‘tax’ on the money that visiting pilgrims donated to the committee that looked after the ‘Little Buddha’. Conspiracy theorists have already started throwing out wild speculations about the sudden disappearance. Some are saying he might return back and resume the meditation process while others conclude that the meditation phase has been finished and the ‘enlightened’ boy will start preaching. Some shy we should not care about where Ram goes or what he does. Yet some believe that he was not abducted by the Maoists or forced to leave by the police.
Guesses and speculations rule until truth comes out. And people are eagerly waiting for that.