Declare Bhagavad Gita as national book, demands BJP

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Should Bhagvad Gita be declared as National Book?

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  1. nrj

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    Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday demanded in Lok Sabha that the government declare the Bhagavad Gita a "national book", after a Russian court decided to ban the holy book on grounds that it was extremist literature.

    Her demand found resonance with her colleague Tarun Vijay in Rajya Sabha. "Can sun be banned, Himalayas be banned...?" he asked.

    Hoping to extract political mileage too, Vijay said, "The matter came up during the prime minister's visit to Russia. Did the prime minister raise the issue?"

    Several members cutting across party lines were furious.

    Rajya Sabha deputy chairman K Rahman Khan said "the entire house agrees with this and joins in condemning this".

    Stating that it was the work of "misdirected and motivated individuals", external affairs minister SM Krishna sought to clarify the government's position in the Lok Sabha, "The officials of India in Moscow and our ambassador have been in regular touch with representatives of Iskcon. We have taken up the matter at highest levels with the Russian government."

    He said he hoped the matter would be resolved keeping in mind India's civilisational values.

    The case, which has been going on since June, seeks a ban on a Russian translation of the "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" written by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

    In a last-ditch effort, Hindus in Russia had appealed to the Siberian court to seek the views of the nation's human rights commission on the religious text before pronouncing its verdict. The verdict will now be pronounced Dec 28.

    Indians in Moscow, numbering about 15,000, and followers of the Iskcon movement in Russia have appealed to the Indian government to intervene to resolve the issue.

    As the controversy escalated, Russian ambassador Alexander Kadakin said here he condemned the "madmen" seeking the ban, and underlined that Russia was a secular country.

    "Russia is a secular and democratic country where all religions enjoy equal respect… Even more applicable it is to the holy scriptures of various faiths -- whether it is the Bible, the Holy Quran, Torah, Avesta and, of course, Bhagvad Gita -- the great source of wisdom for the people of India and the world.

    "I consider it categorically inadmissible when any holy scripture is taken to the courts. For all believers these texts are sacred," he stressed.

    The case in a Russian court to ban the Bhagavad Gita continued to create an uproar on Tuesday with political parties voicing their concern in parliament while the government assured that it had taken up the issue at the "highest levels". Russia's envoy here denounced the "madmen" seeking to proscribe the sacred text.

    As early as Nov 1, in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's principal secretary Pulok Chatterji, Krishna devotees urged the government to use "some high-level ministerial visits" to Moscow, ahead of Manmohan Singh's own trip, to ensure that the sacred text was not banned.

    "As a reason the affidavit quoted an assessment by a panel of expert stating that Krishna is evil and not compatible with Christian views," said the letter, written by Iskcon's governing body commissioner Gopal Krishna Goswami.

    Since the letter was written, six Indian ministers and top officials visited Russia, culminating in Manmohan Singh's visit Dec 15-17 for a bilateral summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

    Declare Bhagavad Gita as national book, demands BJP - Hindustan Times
     
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  3. agentperry

    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    yea... why not... what other absurd ideas do you have bjp?

    why not start making everything official records like in NK.
     
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    Forget this business of Bhagwat Gita.
    The book has immense strength by itself. It does not needs support of India Defence Forum.
     
  5. Vyom

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    In fact, it cannot be banned permanently or completely. Even if the court somehow decides against it, it will soon be revived by right thinking Russians themselves. Although, the court will be utterly foolish to do so in the first place.
     
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    if this book is allowed then election are coming and you are going to see lot of books in line to be declared as national book. Plus i thought India is secular and no religion for state of India. So let the religion be personal subject for its citizen and State should not interfere interfear unless, practice is such that it demands its interfearance.
     
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    I have never even seen Gita!!

    How does it look ? :D
     
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  8. nrj

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    Poll added
     
  9. nrj

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    Watch Sushma Swaraj -

     
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  10. Vyom

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    You will surely never see IT.
     
  11. Vyom

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    All those religious scriptures which trace their origin in India. National book is nothing to do with religion, IMO.
     
  12. Nagraj

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    lol they consider us from arabia n those sorts of nations.
    this is insult to our intelligence
    when will our leaders start treating us as adults.:tsk::tsk::tsk:..........
     
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    yeah you never seen Puja or Arti, right ??
     
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    I dont give a fvck!!
     
  15. Bangalorean

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    Yes, that's how it is. :thumb:

    With the rising anti-Islamic sentiment in European nations, we have already seen some political parties in some European nations demanding a ban on Quran. Tomorrow, if the Muslims of India start demanding that India officially go and fight for not banning the Quran, what happens then??? :frusty:

    All this nonsense of "National book", "national language", "national religion" - doesn't really work in India. Sushma Swaraj should stick to placing her hands on the heads of criminals like the Reddy brothers, and stick to her core competency, instead of trying to gather so-called "Hindu votes". :frusty:

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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    Immense respect for the Gita, and being a catholic I still carry a copy with me, but no way should we set a precedent with declaring religious literature as national books. This is just BJP trying to win a few extra votes.
     
  17. Bhadra

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    Does one need a poll on Geeta !

    You must be mad or too wise for the mortals like me !
     
  18. Bangalorean

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    Yep. :thumb:

    I am a practicing Hindu, and from my childhood I have been celebrating Ganesh Puja, Diwali, Janamashtami, etc. with the elders in the family, with all the pooja-paath. But the secular bedrock of India cannot be compromised. Tomorrow we will have the Muslims and Christians demanding similar stuff here. :sad:

    BJP thinks that their Hindutva mandir-based agenda is still attractive to the public. They are still stuck in the 1990s. :pound:
     
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    But some still say they are not like congress!!

    Well they are attracting some here.
     
  20. Vyom

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    I am not bothered about that. I was just stating a fact.
     
  21. agentperry

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    better than red book of mao...but some lengthy like nandlal daya ram guide
     

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