New Delhi: Describing a complaint about the Bhagvad Gita in Russia as "patently absurd", India Tuesday said it was taking seriously the controversy and was closely monitoring the case in a court in Tomsk, Siberia.
"The complaint in a local Russian court appears to be the work of some ignorant and misdirected or motivated individuals. While this complaint is patently absurd, we have treated this matter seriously and the embassy of India is closely monitoring this legal issue," External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told the Lok Sabha.
India’s official reaction came hours after Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin strongly denounced the "neighbourhood madmen" who are seeking a ban on the Bhagvad Gita in Siberia and underlined that Russia is a secular country where all religions enjoy equal respect.
With IANS inputs