Mumbai, December, 20, 2011.
Statement of the Russian Ambassador in India, Alexander M. Kadakin
Russia, as it is known to anyone, 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, Bhagavad-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.
It is not normal either when religious books are sent for examination to ignorant people. Their academic scrutiny should be done at scientists' fora, congresses, seminars, etc but not in courts.
It is strange that such events are unfolding in the beautiful university city in Siberia, as Tomsk which is famous for its secularism and religious tolerance. Well, it seems that even the lovely city of Tomsk has its own neighborhood madmen. It is sad indeed.