Gujarat textbook calls Jesus demon

The state education minister calls it an error that would be corrected

Ahmedabad: Christians in Gujarat has demanded withdrawal of a school textbook that refers to Jesus Christ as a demon whose stories would be remembered forever.

The lesson appeared in the Hindi textbook for ninth grade under the Gujarat State Board.

The education minister and the chairperson of the textbook board have said that the error will be rectified soon. Officials said that the mistake was caused by a misprint.

The reference to Jesus Christ as a demon is made in chapter 16 of the book titled “Bharatiya Sanskriti Mein Guru-Shishya Sambandh” (the teacher-disciple relationship in the Indian culture).

On page 70, the line referring to Jesus Christ reads – “Iss sambandh mein haivan Isa ka ek kathan sadaa smaraniya hain.” Translated, it means that in this context, an incident of demon Jesus will always be remembered.

The underlined sentence translates to “an incident of demon Jesus will always be remembered.”

Subramaniam Iyer, a lawyer who noticed the mistake, says that the error attracts section 295 (a) of the Indian Penal Code, which pertains to deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class.

Speaking to News18, Iyer said, “Jesus is being portrayed as a demon to students. Quite clearly, this is a case that attracts section 295(a) of the IPC that pertains to hurting the religious sentiments of any class.”

Iyer said that the error may be unintentional, but it can create a rift between communities and cause a law and order problem. “This simply is unacceptable and should be removed immediately,” he added.

The news channel contacted Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama who said he was aware of the error and added that it will be corrected.

Nitin Pethani, chairperson of the Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks, said that it was a typographical error. “The word “haiva,” a disciple of Jesus Christ, got misprinted as “haivan,” meaning a demon,” he said, adding that “Aadam Isa” and “Haiva Isa” were the two disciples of Christ and an “n” inadvertently got printed in the book.

This is not the first time that errors have been pointed out in school textbooks published by the Gujarat State Board of 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.

(Source: June 8, 2017)

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8 thoughts on “Gujarat textbook calls Jesus demon

  1. The BJP Govenments in all the States under the protective umbrella of Modi/Amith Shaw clique will do anything and everything possible to attack and demoralize the defenseless minority Christian community of India.

    The great Minister of Education Smriti Irani, the special appointee of PM Modi tried her first psychological warfare to test the waters through her game plan to erase December 25 from the Indian calender. Since the backlash was very severe, they withdrew the idea.

    It was not only her idea but a very well planned strategy of the RSS Government.

    Now, in the text book, trying to hurt the Christians of Gujarat and India. Deity Mody and his gang will be learning some lessons like the earth quake lesson in Gujarat while under his regime was pleasantly watching the persecution of the Dalit Christians there.

  2. The above given mistake is very serious. It creates communal violence and tensions among peace-loving people. It is deliberate activity of anti-christian elements. It should be rectified soon, in order to avoid more confusions in the peace-loving Christian communities.

    Dr.Fr.Shaji E Stanislaus.

  3. Most likely, it is an unintentional typing error. The same has been corrected. In the original text available in pdf format, Bhagwan (भगवान) Isa is written. Attempt to insult Jesus is like trying to spit on the sun. It will not succeed.

  4. Matthew 12

    22. Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
    23. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
    24. But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
    25. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
    26. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
    27. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
    28. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
    29. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
    30. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
    31. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
    32. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
    33. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
    34. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
    35. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
    36. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
    37. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
    38. Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
    39. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
    40. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
    41. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
    42. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
    43. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
    44. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
    45. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

  5. May God Show them the right way. I am sure one day God will show Gujarat again that they are hurting people. The rich country – India is losing all its wealth – of “unity in diversity”. We were very proud to say that we are a multi Cultural multi Linguistic, multi Religious County, living in harmony. Its all gone and lost.

  6. The greatest mistake on the part of our leadership is to accept the word
    ” mistake”. It is not a mistake,it is well planned insult. If it is a mistake let the author explain how it crept in. The guilty author who is unfit to write a lesson correctly and who is responsible to write lies to insult a religious figure and thereby a religion should be tried and punished. Have the CBC I courage to pursue ? Will they discuss this with Amit Shah who wants publicity for love of minority or only financial aspects as Cardinal Cleemis said ?

  7. The education minister’s response, when pointed out the “error,” reveals the whole attitude of the administration. It was already aware of the fact and did not do anything to rectify the mistake, (if it was only an unintended mistate!)until it was pointed out to the administration.

    Jacob Kavunkal

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