20 Dec Indian Parliament Adjorned To Russian Ban Bhagavad-Gita
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Lok Sabha Storm as Russian court decides whether to ban Bhagavad Gita
NDTV Correspondent/Agencies, Updated: December 19, 2011 14:39 IST?
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was adjourned this morning as MPs protested against a move in Russia to ban the Bhagavad Gita.
In a Siberian court, state prosecutors have petitioned that the Gita, distributed locally by ISKCON members, is “extremist” literature. The court in Siberia’s Tomsk city is scheduled to deliver its verdict today.
The final pronouncement in the case comes just two days after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in Moscow for a bilateral summit meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has in recent
years been noted for bulking up its membership in Eastern Europe. The
organization has more than 400 centres across the world.
“I want to know from the government what it is doing. The religious rights of Hindus in Russia should be protected. The government should impress upon the Russian authorities through diplomatic channels,” said Bhartruhari Mahtab, an PM from the Biju Janata Dal. Lalu Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RLD) was heard shouting that the Hindu scripture does not preach extremism.
The court in Tomsk is deciding whether to accept that the Gita is literature that spreads “social dischord.” The petition filed in June this year also asks for a ban on a Russian translation of the Gita written by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Nearly 15,000 Indians in Moscow have appealed to the Indian government to
intervene diplomatically. They say the court case also wants to ban the
writings of Prabhupada and ISKCON’s religious beliefs on the grounds that they preach “hatred” of other religious beliefs.
Dhananjaya Krishna Das. Vice Chairman-North India. ISKCON Food Relief