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Russia: Verdict on Bhagvad Gita ban today

A Russian court will decide on whether to ban the Bhagvad Gita after it was termed extremist by a Christian group.

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Updated:December 28, 2011, 9:09 AM IST
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Russia: Verdict on Bhagvad Gita ban today
A Russian court will decide on whether to ban the Bhagvad Gita after it was termed extremist by a Christian group.

New Delhi: A Siberian court will hear on Wednesday the petition from a group connected to the Christian Orthodox Church, seeking to declare the Bhagvad Gita an "extremist text".

India on Tuesday conveyed to Russia its concerns over the "sensitive" issue of a Siberian court hearing a petition seeking a ban on Bhagavad Gita and asked it to help resolve the matter.

Ahead of the court hearing in Tomsk city, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna called Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin and told him that the Russian Government should provide all possible help to resolve the issue.

Taking up the issue, which has created a uproar in India, strongly with the Russian Ambassador, Krishna conveyed the sensitivities involved in the issue of seeking a ban on the religious scripture, sources said.

During the meeting, Kadakin assured Krishna that the Russian Government will do all it can within its powers. "The External Affairs Minister conveyed the concerns of the Parliament of India and the people of India on the issue. The Russian side has been saying that it is a judicial process and that it will take all steps it can within its power (to resolve the issue)," the sources said.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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