Shock in Okhla over Russia plan to ban Bhagavad Gita
OT, December 21, 2011 18:08 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
The terming of Bhagavad Gita, one of the holiest Hindu scriptures, an "extremist literature" in Russia and calling for its ban has upset many Indians, including Okhla residents. The plan of a court in Siberia's Tomsk city to ban the Russian translation of "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) following a case filed by state prosecutors has come as a shock for Sarita Vihar resident Asha Arora.
The says: "I don't understand the motive behind the proposed ban. The religious book has done no harm. And I don't know about any case where somebody has turned extremist after reading Gita, the religious scripture that talks about spreading peace. The government should take up the issue seriously with the Russian government."
Gopal Krishna says: "No book should be banned. The move doesn't reflect well on the Russian society. This only highlights intolerance of the people. Before taking up any decision they need to read the book and understand its message."
Though the next hearing has been postponed until December 2011, parliamentarians, religious leaders and ordinary Indian citizens are outraged over the development in a country that has a long historic relation with India.
It appears that things now seem to be settling down with the Russian ambassador to India, Alexander M Kadakin, expressing sadness over the development.
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