New Delhi: India Wednesday welcomed the dismissal of a petition seeking a ban on a translated version of Bhagavad Gita, saying it appreciated the efforts of all friends in Russia who made this outcome possible.
"We are happy to learn that the Hon`ble District Court in
Tomsk, Siberia in the Russian Federation has dismissed the
appeal made by the local Procurator while upholding the
verdict of the lower court in the legal case concerning the
publication? Bhagvad Gita as It Is?.
"We welcome the decision of the Hon?ble District court
and appreciate the efforts of all friends in Russia who made
this outcome possible," official spokesperson in the Ministry
of External Affairs said here.
A Russian court has dismissed a petition seeking a ban on
a translated version of Bhagavad Gita for being "extremist",
an issue which threatened to strain Indo-Russia ties.
State prosecutors in the Siberian city of Tomsk had
filed an appeal against a lower court`s dismissal of their
original plea seeking a ban on `Bhagavad Gita As It Is`, written by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of
the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
They had claimed that the text was "extremist" literature
full of hatred and insult to non-believers which promoted