A Russian court on Wednesday dismissed the petition seeking ban on a
translated version of Bhagavad Gita.
State prosecutors in the Siberian city of Tomsk, who filed the petition,
had branded the text as "extremist" literature full of hatred and insult
to non-believers, which promoted social discord.
On December 28, a court in the Siberian city of Tomsk had rejected a
petition seeking a ban on the translated version of the Gita, a verdict
which was welcomed by India as a "sensible resolution of a sensitive
The original petition seeking a ban on the translated version of the holy
scripture was filed in June 2011 and the trial prompted sharp reactions
from across the world.
External affairs minister SM Krishna had asked the Russian government to
help resolve the issue quickly.
Bhagavad Gita was first published in Russia in 1788 and since then it has
been republished many times in various translations.
The controversial Russian translation of Bhagavad Gita: As It Is was
carried out by ISKCON founder AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The book
was translated into more than 60 languages.
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