More on the Banning of the Bhagavad Gita


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The Bhagavad Gita trial in Russia is the trial of the Russian edition of Bhagavad Gita As It Is initiated in June 2011 by the state prosecutor’s office in Tomsk, Russia on charges of religious extremism. The prosecutor’s office requested the court to include the book in the Federal List of Extremist Materials along with Hitler’s Mein Kampf and other literatures illegal in Russia,[1] and to ban its printing, possession, and distribution.[1][2] The court case is thought to have been instigated by the FSB and the Russian Orthodox Church as an attempt to restrict the Hare Krishna movement, a religious minority in Russia seen by the Church as a “sect” that wants to “set its roots” in the Tomsk region.[1][2]

The prosecutor’s office based their case on an “expert testimony” from Tomsk State University professors who opined that the book contained expressions of religious hatred and “gender, race, nationality, and language” discrimination[1] and that Krishna’s teachings in the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most sacred literatures in Hinduism, are “evil and not conforming to Christian religious view”.[3] Bhagavad Gita As It Is, a Russian version of ISKCON founder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s translation and commentaries on the ancient text, published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, is a central scripture for Hare Krishna followers.[1] It was presented to many world leaders, including the British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said that he “keeps a copy of the book in his office.”[1]

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