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Monday, December 26, 2011

India complains to Russia of threat to ban Bhagavad Gita

People of Shambhala

Have you ever felt afraid by a Hare Krishna? Smiling, dressed in orange, and espousing vegetarianism, Hare Krishnas don't exactly cut the most menacing of figures. But, surprisingly, Russia -- which many politicians and human rights groups fear is falling back into authoritarianism -- is worried by the movement. 

Works of Turkish Muslim theologian Said Nursi as well as Jehovah’s Witness books have been classified as extremist and banned in Russia. The Russian administrative center of Tonsk has said that it may ban the Hare Krishna, and Hindu, holy book, the Bhagavad Gita. 

However, Tomsk ombudsman Nelly Krechetova has said this would violate human rights. India has raised the issue with Moscow.