Bhagavad Gita menghadapi hukum di Rusia

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Bhagavad Gita
menghadapi hukum di Rusia

Pengadilan Rusia di kota Tomsk Siberia akan memberikan putusan akhir pada hari Senin

Bhagvad Gita, salah satu teks agama Hindu yang paling suci, menghadapi larangan hukum dan prospek dicap sebagai sastra "ekstremis" di seluruh Rusia, dengan pengadilan di kota Tomsk Siberia siap untuk memberikan putusan akhir Senin dalam sebuah kasus diajukan oleh jaksa negara.

Pengumuman akhir dalam kasus ini akan datang hanya dua hari setelah Perdana Menteri India Manmohan Singh berada di sini untuk pertemuan puncak bilateral dengan Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev dari 15 hingga 17 Desember.

Kasus tersebut, yang telah berlangsung di pengadilan Tomsk sejak Juni tahun ini, berusaha mendapatkan terjemahan bahasa Rusia dari 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is' yang ditulis oleh AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, pendiri International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), pada teks agama Hindu dilarang di Rusia dan menyatakannya sebagai literatur yang menyebarkan "perselisihan sosial", selain membuat distribusinya di tanah Rusia ilegal.

Mengingat kasus ini, orang India menetap di Moskow, berjumlah sekitar 15.000, dan pengikut gerakan keagamaan ISKCON di sini telah meminta Manmohan Singh dan pemerintahnya untuk campur tangan secara diplomatis untuk menyelesaikan masalah yang mendukung teks agama Hindu, bagian penting dari Epik India 'Mahabharata' ditulis oleh Maharsi VedaVyasa.

Para pengikut ISKCON Rusia juga telah menulis surat kepada Kantor Perdana Menteri India di New Delhi untuk meminta intervensi segera, agar kebebasan beragama umat Hindu yang tinggal di sini tidak dikompromikan.

"Kasus ini akan diputuskan pada hari Senin di pengadilan Tomsk. Kami ingin semua upaya dari pemerintah India untuk melindungi hak beragama umat Hindu di Rusia," Sadhu Priya Das dari ISKCON dan seorang pemuja Krishna berusia 40 tahun. kuil di pusat kota Moskow, kata IANS.

Pengadilan, yang menangani kasus yang diajukan oleh jaksa negara bagian, telah merujuk buku itu ke Universitas Negeri Tomsk untuk pemeriksaan "ahli" pada 25 Oktober tahun ini.

Tetapi kelompok Hindu di Rusia, khususnya pengikut ISKCON, mengatakan universitas itu tidak memenuhi syarat, karena kekurangan Indolog.

Umat ​​Hindu telah memohon kepada pengadilan bahwa kasus tersebut diilhami oleh bias agama dan intoleransi`dari kelompok agama mayoritas di Rusia, dan telah meminta agar hak-hak mereka untuk menjalankan keyakinan agama mereka ditegakkan.

Kasus jaksa juga berusaha untuk melarang khotbah keyakinan agama Prabhupada dan ISKCON, mengklaim ini adalah "ekstremis" di alam dan mengajarkan "kebencian" keyakinan agama lain.

"Mereka tidak hanya mencoba melarang Bhagvad Gita, tetapi juga mencap kepercayaan dan ajaran agama kami sebagai ekstremis," kata Das.

Faktanya, para pengikut ISKCON telah membahas masalah ini dengan kedutaan India di Moskow juga, selain menulis surat ke Kantor Perdana Menteri di New Delhi, untuk intervensi diplomatik awal, sebelum keadaan menjadi lebih buruk dan pengadilan mengeluarkan vonis merugikan yang melarang 'Bhagvad Gita' dan ajaran kesadaran Krishna.

Dalam surat 1 November, yang ditujukan kepada Sekretaris Utama Perdana Menteri Pulok Chatterji, Komisaris Badan Pengurus cabang ISKCON New Delhi Gopal Krishna Goswami, mengatakan pernyataan tertulis jaksa mengklaim bahwa "Tuhan Krishna jahat dan tidak sesuai dengan pandangan agama Kristen".

Goswami juga mendesak Singh untuk memprioritaskan masalah ini selama dia tinggal di Moskow dan membawanya ke pihak berwenang Rusia.

Pejabat diplomatik India di kedutaan di sini, yang tidak mau disebutkan namanya, mengatakan kepada IANS bahwa mereka telah menindaklanjuti kasus tersebut sejak kasus itu diberitahukan kepada mereka awal tahun ini dan bahwa mereka juga telah menangani masalah tersebut pada saat yang tepat. tingkat di pemerintah Rusia untuk mendapatkan kasus baik ditarik atau mendapatkan pembelaan untuk melawan kasus untuk mendapatkan putusan yang menguntungkan.

Pejabat di kantor Perdana Menteri India, yang merupakan bagian dari delegasi India yang mendampingi Singh, membenarkan kasus tersebut dan surat yang mereka terima dari ISKCON terkait hal ini kepada IANS.

"Masalah ini mendapat perhatian tertinggi dan pejabat kedutaan India di Moskow telah diperintahkan untuk menindaklanjuti kasus ini dengan pihak berwenang Rusia," kata mereka.


'Bhagavad Gita' faces 'extremist' branding, legal ban in Russia

Russian court in Siberia's Tomsk city to deliver final verdict on Monday.

Bhagvad Gita, one of the most sacred Hindu religious texts, is facing a legal ban and the prospect of being branded as "an extremist" literature across Russia, with a court in Siberia's Tomsk city all set to deliver its final verdict Monday in a case filed by state prosecutors.

The final pronouncement in the case will come just two days after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was here for a bilateral summit meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev from Dec 15 to 17.

The case, which has been going on in Tomsk court since June this year, seeks to get a Russian translation of 'Bhagvad Gita As It Is' written by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), on the Hindu religious text banned in Russia and declaring it as a literature spreading "social discord", apart from rendering its distribution on Russian soil illegal.

In view of the case, Indians settled in Moscow, numbering about 15,000, and followers of the ISKCON religious movement here have appealed to Manmohan Singh and his government to intervene diplomatically to resolve the issue in favour of the Hindu religious text, an important part of Indian epic 'Mahabharat' written by Sage Ved Vyasa.

The ISKCON followers of Russia have also written a letter to the Indian Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi seeking immediate intervention, lest the religious freedom of Hindus living here be compromised.

"The case is coming up for a final verdict on Monday in Tomsk court. We want all efforts from Indian government to protect the religious right of Hindus in Russia," Sadhu Priya Das of ISKCON and a devotee of a 40-year-old Krishna temple in central Moscow, told IANS.

The court, which took up the case filed by the state prosecutors, had referred the book to the Tomsk State University for "an expert" examination Oct 25 this year.

But Hindu groups in Russia, particular followers of the ISKCON, say the university was not qualified, as it lacked Indologists.

The Hindus had pleaded with the court that the case was inspired by religious bias and intolerance`from a majority religious group in Russia, and have sought that
their rights to practice their religious beliefs be upheld.

The prosecutor's case also seeks to ban the preaching of Prabhupada and ISKCON's religious beliefs, claiming these were "extremist" in nature and preached "hatred" of other religious beliefs.

"They have not just tried to get the Bhagvad Gita banned, but also brand our religious beliefs and preachings as extremist," Das said.

In fact, the ISKCON devotees have taken up the matter with the Indian embassy in Moscow too, apart from writing to the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi, for an early diplomatic intervention, before things get worse and the court passes an adverse verdict banning the 'Bhagvad Gita' and Krishna consciousness teachings.

In the Nov 1 letter, addressed to Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Pulok Chatterji, ISKCON's New Delhi branch Governing Body Commissioner Gopal Krishna Goswami, said the prosecutor's affidavit claims Lord Krishna "is evil and not conforming to Christian religious view".

Goswami also urged Singh to accord priority to the matter during his Moscow stay and to take it up with the Russian authorities.

Indian diplomatic corps officials at the embassy here, who were unwilling to be named, told IANS that they have been following up the case since the time it was brought to their notice earlier this year and that they had also taken up the matter at the appropriate levels in the Russian government to get the case either withdrawn or get the defence to fight the case to obtain a favourable verdict.

Officials at the Indian Prime Minister's office, who are part of the Indian delegation accompanying Singh, confirmed the case and the letter they received from ISKCON in this regard to IANS.

"This matter is receiving the highest attention and the Indian embassy officials in Moscow have been instructed to follow up the case with the Russian authorities," they said. https://www.indiatoday.in/world/asia/story/russia-to-ban-bhagvad-gita-149190-2011-12-19

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