US Hindus laud Russian court's no to Bhagavad Gita ban

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 13:34 hrs

Nevada, Mar 21 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group has welcomed the rejection by Tomsk regional court in Siberia (Russia) of proposed move to ban ancient scripture Bhagavad Gita (Song of the Lord).

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Wednesday, thanked the honorable Court welcoming its decision of reaffirming the December lower court ruling and pointed out that it did the right and sensible thing befitting a democratic, open-minded and pluralistic society.

Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that Bhagavad Gita was one of the holiest scriptures of Hinduism and banning it would have deeply hurt the devotees.

Zed argued that attempt at banning Bhagavad Gita was apparently an attack on religious freedom and belittling of the entire community.

Bhagavad Gita was a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, just before the beginning of the great Mahabharata war, in which Lord Krishna gave spiritual enlightenment to the warrior Arjuna, who realized that the true battle was for his own soul.

Established in 1604, Tomsk, one of the oldest towns in Siberia, is a major center for Russia's IT industry and houses Siberia's oldest university Tomsk State University. Nikolay Nikolaychuk is reportedly the acting Mayor.

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