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India welcomes Russian court's dismissal of Gita ban plea

Wednesday December 28, 2011 09:03:49 PM, IANS

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In a hard-fought court case that sought to ban the Bhagavad Gita and brand it "extremist" literature, as first reported by IANS, Hindus in Russia Wednesday scored a major win when a Siberian court threw out the state prosecutors' plea to ban the sacred text.  

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New Delhi: India has welcomed the dismissal by a Russian court of a plea to ban the Hindu holy scripture the Bhagvad Gita.

"We are happy to learn that the legal case in connection with the publication, 'Bhagvad Gita as it is', has been dismissed by the Court in Tomsk in the Russian Federation," external affairs ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said.

Appreciating the "sensible resolution of a sensitive issue" the spokesperson said the Indian government is "glad to put this episode behind it".

He said the decision demonstrated yet again that the "people of India and Russia have a deep understanding of each other's cultures and will always reject any attempt to belittle common civilisational values".

The spokesperson also thanked India's friends in Russia for their support.

"We also appreciate the efforts of all friends in Russia who made this outcome possible," Prakash said.

The case had invited strong reactions from all over the world, forcing the Indian government to seek the help of the Russian government for its resolution.

The issue was highlighted after IANS broke the story last week.


 


 

 

 

 

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