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Bhagavad Gita controversy – India asks Russia to resolve

New Delhi, Dec 21 (): External Affairs Minister SM Krishna assured Parliament on Tuesday that India has registered its protest to the Russian government on a petition seeking a ban on Bhagavad Gita in a Siberian court.

The government also promised Parliament that it was taking the controversy seriously and was closely monitoring the case. The government believes that it cannot do more than that because it is a Siberian court that has to decide on the ban on December 28.

Earlier about ban on Bhagavad Gita in Siberia, Russia has expressed sadness over the development, saying it is “inadmissible” that a holy scripture is taken to court.

Today, India has asked the Russian government to drop a court case in Siberia against a translation of the Bhagavad Gita.

“The matter has been taken up by the Indian Embassy in Moscow with the Russian Government at senior official level, seeking its favourable and positive intervention in the matter,” Indian Ambassador to Russia Ajai Malhotra said.

Sargei Karmileto, Russian Embassy Spokesperson, says, “Russian side regrets that the issue has reached such controversy. You cannot ban any sacred text. Bhagavad Gita is considered a sacred text in Russia as well.”

Also, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday warned of protests outside Russian establishments in India if the Bhagavad Gita was banned in that country.

“Bhagavad Gita is not just a book but is (God) for the Krishna devotees and all Hindus,” VHP international working president Pravin Togadia said in a statement.

“The principles taught in the Gita are universal and touch humanity so very deeply,” he said, adding that even Albert Einstein was influenced by the holy book.

He warned that if the Gita was banned in Russia, then Indians would be forced to protest against Russian goods, as well as Russian plants and offices.

There is also criticism that the government has delayed its intervention, ignoring ISKCON’s red alert on a possible ban, an alert sent to the prime minister’s office and to Sonia Gandhi on 1st November.