The Christian community in Gujarat has demanded the immediate withdrawal of the Class IX Hindi textbook and the scrapping of the chapter on Guru-Shishya sambandh for referring to Jesus as ‘hevaan’ (demon). They held a protest demonstration outside the office of the District Education Officer Friday against the error that has not been corrected since the book was put out last year, by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB).
The community has also demanded a public apology to be published by the Gujarat government. In chapter 16 ‘Bharatiya sanskriti me guru-shishya sambandh’ on page number 69 has a line that says ‘iss sambandh me hevaan Isa ka ek kathan sada smarniya hai’. (In this context one anecdote of ‘demon’ Jesus, is very memorable)
The GSSTB officials have said that the error would be rectified. However, the state Catholic Church spokesperson have claimed that the error was flagged to the concerned authorities last month but nothing has been done so far.