Voices from Russia

Monday, 2 January 2012

2 January 2011. For the Next Ten Days It’s “Party Time” in the Rodina… It’s a Nationwide Ten-Day Holiday

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For the next ten days, most Russians are going to be out of work on holiday, until 10 January. Ergo, I don’t think that there’s going to be much in the way of major Russian news. Of course, it gives me a chance to “catch up”… it’ll allow me time to “wrap up” the Bhagavad-Gita story (the court decided that the Gita wasn’t extremist… no surprise, there) and lessen my pace for a week or two, allowing myself rest. Just you watch… after saying all that, some big news item will hit the fan… such is the life of an internet journalist.

Orthodox Christmas is this Saturday… Old New Year‘s is 14 January. The Old English tradition has it that the animals in the byre kneel down on Christmas… but only on the Old Style (Julian) date… check it out… it may happen! Be good, and know that the holiday season isn’t done. “It ain’t over ’till its over”… and it “ain’t over” until we enjoy the fast-free Svyatki (Holy Days) between Christmas and Epiphany and jump into a hole cut into the ice on 19 January (c’mon… be a sport… “global warming” makes it easier every year). How much d’ya wanna bet that Vladimir Wolfovich will jump into Bottomless Lake wearing ridiculous trunks (a safe bet… he’s done it annually for years)? Will VVP jump into an ice-hole? Perspirin’ minds wanna know… but I’ll betcha that he wouldn’t allow photogs to snap his picture doing that… he NEVER brings his personal family life into the public eye. THAT is one of the reasons why I still respect him… GWB or VVP? There’s no contest, is there?

Enjoy the Orthodox Holiday Season! The BEST is yet to come!

с Новым годом! To the New Year!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 2 January 2012

Albany NY 

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Indian Foreign Minister Alerted Moscow to the Interest in India Shown in the Russian Court Case on the Bhagavad-Gita

The above image is of a legit translation of the Gita… its translator wishes to foster unity and goodwill between all religions and faiths of the world, through the teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita, not the cultishness of the Hare Krishnas (who are violent rightwingers, just like the Moonies… interesting thing about mind-control cults, no? If birds of a feather flock together, what does that tell us about the GOP?).

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On Tuesday, in New Delhi, Indian Minister of External Affairs Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna and RF Ambassador to India Aleksandr Kadakin discussed the situation surrounding the current court case in Tomsk on the book Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. S M Krishna expressed his views, saying, “I hope that our Russian friends understand the importance of the verdict of the court for the Indian public”, emphasising that this case “put into question the underlying civilisational spiritual values ​​of India”, according to official sources in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. For his part, Kadakin said that the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) and the Russian government would “take all feasible measures within their authority to resolve the situation”. However, he emphasised that, as in India, they have no right to interfere in the trial. Kadakin pointed up that Vladimir Lukin, the RF Commissioner for Human Rights, would have a great role to play in this situation. However, given the great public interest that this trial caused in India, Kadakin expressed the hope that, whatever the verdict, the Indian authorities wouldn’t allow any extremist statements against Russian missions in the country.

Turning to the background of the dispute, Kadakin said that Russians respect the sacred book of the Hindus, the Bhagavad-Gita. He pointed up that the first time this work appeared in Russia was when Indian merchants came in the early 17th century to Astrakhan, where, subsequently, they were not only able to build a Hindu temple, but Tsar Pyotr Veliki granted them exemption from taxation. In giving her consent to the publication of this work, Tsaritsa Yekaterina Velikaya and the Most Holy Governing Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church called it “inspirational reading”. In the summer of 2011, the Tomsk procurator appealed to the local district court for recognition of an extremist book Bhagavad-Gita As It Is with commentary by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON), written in the 1960s. In this regard, Indian MPs called on their government to “immediately intervene to guarantee religious freedom for Hindus in Russia”, and the Indian diaspora in Moscow and Russian Hare Krishnas appealed to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to intervene so that the Russian authorities wouldn’t ban their sacred text. The number-one leading item in the Indian media has become “the persecution of Hinduism in Russia”.

According to an Indian Ministry of External Affairs statement in the Indian Parliament, the court postponed the final hearing in Tomsk from 19 to 28 December 2011. The reason for the postponement was that the Leninsky Raion Court agreed to seek the opinion of RF Commissioner for Human Rights Vladimir Lukin, as well as prominent scholars from Moscow and St Petersburg on the subject of the dispute. Last week, RF MID spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich clarified several points, saying, “This is what our Indian colleagues probably misunderstood”. He emphasised that the court case does NOT involve the Bhagavad-Gita per se, “rather, it concerns a later translation that suffers from distortions of meaning” introduced by the commentary of A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

27 December 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=43587

Editor’s Note:

The Russian government isn’t trying to ban the Gita… there’s a move to ban a defective and cultish translation of the Gita. The Hare Krishnas have the same relationship to mainstream Hinduism as the Moonies have to mainstream Christianity. That is, both are cultish simulations of the real thing. The USA is trying to use this non-starter as a wedge to drive Russia and India apart, but it’s not going to work. On top of that, the official Church has NOTHING to do with this case… there’s been no responsible secular media outlet reporting such, nor have any of the official Church media outlets reported such a linkage. This is bad juju all the way around (Dr M’bogo, wherefore art thou?). It stinks of Langley black propaganda (Operation Mockingbird, any one?).

BMD

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Possible Ban On Bhagavad-Gita in Russia Angers Indian MPs

Arjuna and Krishna in a scene from the Bhagavad-Gita

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Editor’s Foreword:

After doing some checking, it’s clear that what the Russian court is thinking of labelling “extremist” is the Hare Krishna version of the Gita… not the common-garden Gita. Let’s see, the Indian government just backed a Russian resolution in the Security Council… it’s clear that the “misunderstanding” over the banning of the Gita originated in Langley (or in Whitehall) and has the purpose of driving a wedge bwteen India and Russia. In short, it’s a provocation; the same folks that ginned up the Tonkin Gulf Incident, the overthrows of Mossadegh, Arbenz, and Patriarch Maximos Vaportzis, and the killing of Allende bring this little production to you. There’s truly nothing new under the sun, is there?

BMD

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On Monday, Indian parliamentarians urged the government to intervene diplomatically in a Russian trial that might ban one of the holiest Hindu scriptures, the Bhagavad-Gita, local media reported. A court in the Siberian city of Tomsk is expected to announce a verdict on Monday whether to impose a ban on the Russian translation of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, written by founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Prosecutors claim that the scripture promotes extremism.

During an Indian parliamentary session on Monday, the leader of the Biju Janata Dal political party, Bhartruhari Mahtab, called on the government to ensure the rights of Hindus in Russia in view of the possible ban. “I want to know from the government what its doing. We should protect the religious rights of Hindus in Russia. The government should impress that upon the Russian authorities through diplomatic channels,” India Today quoted Mahtab as saying. Mahtab’s mention of the issue plunged the parliament into chaos, the newspaper said, with other parliamentarians wanting to speak on the subject. Parliament’s Speaker Meira Kumar was forced to adjourn the session for several hours.

The Russian Embassy in India said it’s closely following the situation in India and the trial in Tomsk. “The Embassy can‘t comment on the course of the trial, but it closely follows the development of events, which raised a great public concern in India”, Nana Mgeladze, a spokeswoman for the embassy, said. She added that the first Russian edition of the Bhagavad-Gita appeared in 1788, and since then has gone through many publications in various translations.

19 December 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111219/170373512.html

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