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Iskcon: If Gita is banned, we’ll intensify protest

Say book’s popularity in Russia making followers of other religions insecure.

delhi Updated: Dec 21, 2011 01:25 IST
Rajat Arora
Rajat Arora
Hindustan Times

A court case in Russia seeking ban on Bhagvad Gita has irked the followers of Iskcon worldwide. The society, which has strongly come out against the case, is set to intensify protests if the book is banned in Russia.

The possible ban on the Russian translation of the Bhagvad Gita As It Is written by Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) by a Siberian court in Russia will force Iskcon followers across the globe to come out on streets, said Iskcon governing body commissioner Gopal Krishna Goswami.

On Tuesday, one such protest was held in central Delhi where Iskcon followers chanted 'Hare Krishna' and distributed Bhagvad Gita.

Iskcon which has around 450 centres across the world has around 80 centres in Russia, the second highest after India.

The members of the society say the growing popularity and influence of Bhagvad Gita in Russia has created insecurity among followers of dominant religions like Christianity.

"I hope the Indian government will be able to pressurise the Russian government

and the matter gets solved legally. It's a book of peace and there's nothing extreme in it. Holy scriptures shouldn't be taken to court. Some fanatics in Russia are scared of increasing Krishna consciousness," Goswami said.

The book, Bhagvad Gita As It Is, has been translated in 80 languages and over 100 million copy of the book have been distributed till date.

First Published: Dec 20, 2011 23:33 IST