December 22, 2011
Margshirsh Krushna Dwadashi/Trayodashi , Kaliyug Varsha 5113
PANAJI, GOA, INDIA: The Russian community in Goa has condemned the possibility of a ban on India’s ancient scripture Bhagavad Gita in Russia.
A statement was issued by the Russian authorities in Goa after Hindu Janajagruti Samiti workers met the counsel for the Russian consulate Vikram Varmain his office on Wednesday with a request to the Russian authorities to stop the banning of Hindu religious text and protect religious and human rights of Hindus in Russia.
Issuing a press statement on behalf of the Russian community in Goa, the counsel for the Russian consulate Vikram Varma said, “The Russian community in Goa as a whole condemns the possibility of a ban on any of India’s ancient scriptures. It is felt by the Russian community in Goa as well as by a large section of Russians visiting Goa that the depth of knowledge and wisdom offered by the Bhagavad Gita cannot be understood by a casual reader. It is well accepted that all the ancient Hindu scriptures are of tremendous importance not only to India but to the rest of the world.”
In June this year, the state prosecutor’s office in the Russian city of Tomsk, Siberia, filed a petition asking for a ban on the Gita, interpreting it as war-mongering, extremist literature.
There are 150 Russians staying on long term visas in Goa and there are several thousands of Russians who travel to Goa on vacation.