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Gita Ban: Mumbai`s High Court Ask Centre About Representation in Russia
By Contributor   |  Dec 23, 2011

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the government of India to consider representing the country before the court in Russia to defend the Bhagwad Gita, the holy Hindu scripture which is facing a ban there.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi has also asked the Centre to inform the court about what action it has initiated to monitor the issue on the next date of hearing on January 9, 2012.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation seeking the government’s intervention in the case before the Russian court where a ban on Bhagwad Gita has been demanded.

The petitioners have quoted newspaper reports that a ban has been sought on Gita dubbing it as a literature spreading social discord.

Beni Chatterji, counsel for the Central government, informed the court that Exteranal Affairs Minister S M Krishna had made a statement that the ministry is monitoring the case.

M I Sethna, counsel for the petitioners, however, said the government is just monitoring and has asked Iskcon to defend the literature there. “It is a grave insult to our culture. Instead of asking Iskcon to defend, the government should defend the Gita,” Sethna said.

The PIL states that, Gita is a sacred text, and attempts to ban it would have far-reaching implications not only in India but also internationally. It contends that the subject concerned not just the Indians in Russia, but had world-wide significance. Any failure on Indian government’s part to intervene, supported by in-depth research, scholastic views and analysis, would cause irretrievable damage to our rich culture and heritage, the petition contends.