Mumbai, Dec 20 (ANI): In a press release issued by Russian Embassy in India, Russian Ambassador Alexander M. Kadakin has expressed his sadness over the issue of banning the Bhagavad Gita in Siberia.
Kadakin said that Russia is a secular and democratic country where all religions enjoy equal respect.
"Russia, as it is known to anyone, is a secular and democratic country where all religions enjoy equal respect. Even more applicable it is to the holy scriptures of various faiths - whether it is the Bible, the Holy Quran, Torah, Avesta and, of course, Bhagavad-Gita-the great source of wisdom for the people of India and the world," said Kadakin.
He said it was inadmissible to take a holy scripture to court.
"I consider it categorically inadmissible when any holy scripture is taken to the courts. For all believers these texts are sacred. It is not normal either when religious books are sent for examination to ignorant people. Their academic scrutiny should be done at scientists' fora, congresses, seminars, etc but not in courts," said Kadakin.
The controversy began in June this year when Russian authorities had filed a case in court to ban the 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), branding it as extremist literature. (ANI)