In the News:
Persecution of Prabhupada’s Book
Posted December 28, 2011
“Moscow: Bhagavad Gita, one of the holiest Hindu scriptures, is facing a legal ban and the prospect of being branded as "an extremist" literature across Russia. A court in Siberia's Tomsk city is set to deliver its final verdict on Monday in a case filed by state prosecutors...The case, which has been going on in Tomsk court since June, seeks ban on a Russian translation of "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" written by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).”
The latest word is that the decision whether to ban the Gita has been postponed until December 28. From Hindustan Times :
“A Russian court on Monday suspended its verdict till December 28 on the demand for banning Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, which a group linked to the Christian Orthodox Church has described as 'extremist'. "The ruling has been postponed till December 28, as the lawyer of the local chapter of ISKCON requested the court to seek opinion of Russian ombudsman and experts from Moscow and St. Petersburg - the main centres of Indology in Russia", Sadhu Priya Das of ISKCON told PTI after the court in the Siberian city of Tomsk suspended its verdict.”
There has been diplomatic activity by India to prevent the ban. Russian ombudsman Vladimir Lukin also opposes the ban. On December 199 at least 100 ISKCON devotees demonstrated in front of the Russian consulate in Kolkata to protest in defense of Bhagavad Gita As It Is.
In order to support Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, please sign the petition at www.petitions24.com/gita
--Krsna-nama dasa (SDG)
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