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Suhashini Haider is the daughter of Dr. Subramanian Swamy, the President of the Janata Party and ex-Harvard Economist. He was formerly Janata Party MP from Bombay and also later on MP from Tamil Nadu & from UP. He was Commerce & Industry Minister with addition charge of Law in the short lived Government of the late Prime Minister Chandrashekhar
New Delhi: In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Ambassador of Russia to India Alexander Kadakin says that his government is doing all it can to end the Bhagvad Gita row.
Here is the transcript of the full interview:
Suhasini Haidar: I spoke to Russia’s Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin in this exclusive interview, really asking him firstly if he had watched in Parliament how much outrage there was over this ban on the Bhagvad Gita and whether he was surprised?
Alexander Kadakin: I am not surprised at all and I think it is quit correct and well done that the Government of India has reacted in this way. Because like Russia, India is also a democratic, secular and multi-confessional country and our two governments should not allow such things to happen. As I mentioned, Bhagwat Gita is the source of wisdom and inspiration not only for the people of India but for Russia as well and the world.
Suhasini Haidar: Alright, Ambassador Kadakin, given the history of the two countries even so we have seen this ban coming in to place. What is your government really planning to do to try and revoke it? Is there any thing you can do?
Alexander Kadakin: Well of course the government can do something and there is a matter of fact today became known that the Chief Director for Human Rights Mr Vladimir Lukin took this case under his special control. As well as the human control watch in the city of Tomsk where it is happening, we cannot of course influence the courts like in India. And the government cannot influence the court but I think that the call of reason should be made that’s why I, just may be it is not very diplomatic but I termed those vested interest in Tomsk or those madmen. I called them madmen because this madness should be stopped.
Suhasini Haidar: Well that’s certainly strong language, you are calling those who opposed the Bhagvat Gita there, madmen. Even so Ambassador Kadakin there is considerable outrage, upset especially in the Parliament today we saw. The question is, is the Russian Government considering at all apologising to the people of India for this?
Alexander Kadakin: Well nothing has been committed by the Russian government. It is not the Russian government that started the case; these are the some petty people in far away though very beautiful city of Tomsk who did it. The government has nothing to apologise for, the government can only testify and reiterate the love and affection and highest esteem our nation has for Bhagvat Gita.
Suhasini Haidar: In fact it was some of right wing, a Christian group there in Tomsk that started the campaign and particularly targeted is the Iskcon group, the Krishna consciousness group that has quite a following in Russia. Do you think activities ISKCON group themselves are under the scanner there, is there a worry?
Alexander Kadakin: I wouldn’t say so. I would not discuss any thing dealing with the ISKCON but the ISKCON movement, it’s separate story. Well but I am telling about the attitude in Russia towards Bhagvat Gita as the sacred scripture of India.
Suhasini Haidar: Alright, Alexander Kadakin, Ambassador of Russia to India, thanks so much for joining us.