Banning Shreemad Bhagwad Gita is equal to Declaring War against Bharat!
Dr. Pravin Togadia
New Delhi / Guruvayur / Kochi; December 20, 2011
Condemning strongly the very act of even admitting a case in the court of Tomsk in Russia’s Siberia, which terms Bhagwan Shri Krishna’s Bhagwad Gita as a propagation of Terror & a black book, VHP International Working President Dr Pravin Togadia demanded immediate dismissal of the case & prosecution against those who dared to file such an obnoxious case against the religious scripture revered so highly by Bharat’s majority.
Dr Togadia also questioned Govt of India’s studied silence on this issue for such a long time as even during the visit of Hon. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Russia last week, there was mute silence on his part on this issue hurting majority Hindus & global devotees of Bhagwan Krishna immensely. He welcomed the delayed but powerful unanimous voice raised by almost all Members of Parliament of Bharat against such a derogatory case against Bhagwad Gita. He also appealed to the Hon. Prime Minister of Bharat & External Affairs Ministers to be at least true to their own names if not for the majority Hindus & prevent Russia & its judiciary from banning Bhagwad Gita in any form.
Bhagwad Gita is not just a mere book of Shlokas but Gita is a Bhagwan by Herself for the Krishna devotees & all Hindus. The principles taught in Bhagwad Gita are universal & touch humanity so very deeply that from Albert Einstein to Swami Vivekananda, Lokmanya Tilak, ISCON Aacharya Prabhupada Swamiji, Shankaracharyas & many respected knowledgeable erudite people have revered & preached Bhagwad Gita globally & nationally which is followed by millions of devotees. An important part of the grand epic Mahabharata, the Bhagwad Gita guides human beings right from his birth to the end & even beyond. From Gita Press to Gita Pariwar many are doing efforts to reach these great teachings globally to help humanity.
Dr. Togadia questioned the very motive by the Russian Government to even allow such a case to be admitted. Expressing distress & shock, he said, “Just because there is political instability in Russia, to divert public attention from the real local issues, it seems that there is a socio-political motive behind such a racially motivated move. Russia itself is fighting Jihadi terror day in & day out from Chechnya & yet terming not Quran, but Bhagwad Gita a terror book is ridiculous & insinuating to all Hindus & Krishna devotees globally. Bharat always looked up to Russia as a friend & even Russia stood by Bharat in the past. But banning Bhagwad Gita is the first sign of a religious war against Bharat; if not so then the Russian Government must make Siberian authorities prosecute those who filed such a derogatory case against Bhagwad Gita.” He appealed to all devotees not just of Bhagwan Krishna but also all followers of truth & Dharma to oppose any such move to ban Bhagwad Gita.
Dr. Togadia appealed to all in Bharat to do democratic & peaceful demonstrations against banning Bhagwad Gita in Russia. He also suggested that if the case continued & the Bhagwad Gita is banned then the entire Bharat will express feelings by public agitations against Russian goods, Russian plans & offices as well as against the Govt of India if it allows the ban on Bhagwad Gita by anyone anywhere.