A Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi of the Bombay High Court has asked the central government to consider representing the Indian position before the Russian court which is to settle on outlawing of the Bhagwad Gita.
The court directed the government while it was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Wadala resident Vijay Dave and Santa Cruzbased Rasendu Nanavati, stating that the Indian government, through its embassy in Russia, has not taken any action to enlighten the Siberian court about the accurate interpretation of the holy text.
The petitioners have cited newspaper reports that a prohibition has been sought on Gita dubbing it as a literature spreading social discord.
The court has also asked the Centre to report to the court about what action it has undertaken to check the issue on the next date of hearing on January 9, 2012.
M I Sethna, counsel for the petitioners has criticized the movement of the government requesting Iskcon to defend the sacred text “as a grave insult to our culture” since they are of the opinion that the government should defend the Gita in the Russian court.
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.
Report by Radhalakshmi R