India miffed over Russian attempt to ban Bhagavad Gita


Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna... Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.... Hare Rama Hare Rama.... Rama Rama Hare Hare! The "other skinheads" prompted a row between India and Russia, as a Christian Orthodox group called for banning one of Hinduism's seminal texts, the Bhagavad Gita.


Sean Gallup

You haven't seen them in the airport in awhile, but the Hare Krishnas are still around.  And "the other skinheads" still rub some people the wrong way.  In Russia, for instance, the Christian Orthodox Church has called for the banning of the Bhagavad Gita as an "extremist" text -- apparently in a bid to restrain the growth of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

India has taken strong exception to the request, the Times of India reports, citing the country's ambassador to Russia.

"The matter has been taken up by the Indian embassy in Moscow with the Russian government at senior official level, seeking its favourable and positive intervention in the matter," the paper quoted the ambassador Malhotra as saying. 

Meanwhile, a court in Tomsk postponed its ruling on the petition calling for the banning of the Bhagwad Gita as an "extremist" text that is "sowing" social-discord in Russia, the paper said.