Foreign minister SM Krishna will make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday, after MPs across all parties on Monday expressed anger and denounced reports that said a Siberian court was hearing a case to ban Bhagwad Gita.
Urging the government to take up the issue with the Russian government, the members said the Gita was not only important for the Hindus but for the entire humanity. Anger over the issue led to two adjournments in the Lok Sabha.
The Russian court is hearing a case related to translation of a book 'Bhagwad Gita As It is' written by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON. The book has been charged with spreading "social discord'.
"We will not tolerate any move to insult Lord Krishna," chanted RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who was supported by several members, angry over reports that a court in Tomsk was due to pronounce its verdict in a case calling for a ban on the Gita.
Bhartrhari Mahtab of BJD raised the issue during the Zero Hour and demanded that the Indian Embassy in Moscow take up the issue with the Russian authorities, saying "the Gita does not preach hatred'.
He got ample support from Shiv Sena, BJP, RJD, BSP, Samajwadi Party and even Congress member Ijyaraj Singh. They also sought an immediate intervention by the government.