The Gujarat state educational department has found themselves in hot water after the class 9 Hindi textbook inadvertently referred to Jesus Christ as a demon.
The chapter 16 titled ‘Teacher-student relationship in Indian culture’ written by Anandshankar Madhavan says “In this context, one statement of demon Jesus is always memorable.”
However, officials said that the mistake was caused by a misprint while the education minister and the chairman of the textbook board said that the error will be rectified soon.
According to Advocate Subramaniam Iyer who first noticed the error said that it may be unintentional as claimed by state officials but it was “unacceptable” and attracts legal provisions relating to deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings.
“The Board should ideally withdraw the textbook and delete the sentence,” he said.
Chairman of the Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks Nitin Pethani said: “The word “haiva”, a disciple of Jesus Christ, got misprinted as “haivan”, meaning a demon.”
This is not the first time that errors have been pointed out in Gujarat school textbooks. In the past, a textbook had claimed that Japan had dropped an atom bomb on the United States during the World War-II. In another instance, a book had got the date of Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary wrong.