29 December 2011

Russian Court Rejects 'Ban Gita' Plea

A court in Siberia on Wednesday rejected the state prosecutor's plea for banning the Hindu holy text the Bhagavad Gita in Russia, according to information received in New Delhi.

India had conveyed to Russia its concerns over the "sensitive" issue of a Siberian court hearing a petition seeking a ban on the Bhagavad Gita and asked it to help resolve the matter.

 Ahead of the court hearing in Tomsk city, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna called Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin and told him that the Russian Government should provide all possible help to resolve the issue.

During the meeting, Kadakin assured Krishna that the Russian Government will do all it can within its powers. "The External Affairs Minister conveyed the concerns of the Parliament of India and the people of India on the issue. The Russian side has been saying that it is a judicial process and that it will take all steps it can within its power (to resolve the issue)," the sources said.