Gujarat Hindi textbook describes roza as ‘infectious disease’

When contacted, GSSTB chairman Nitin Pethani said, “This is a printing error. There should be haiza (cholera) in place of roza, but mistakenly both these words have been inter-changed.”

Written by RITU SHARMA | Ahmedabad | Updated: July 11, 2017 11:29 am
Roza, Gujarat The error was spotted on page number 13 at the end of chapter three

In a “printing error”, roza or fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramzan has been explained as “an infectious disease in which one suffers from diarrhoea and vomiting” in a Class IV Hindi textbook of the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB). This comes days after the GSSTB drew strong criticism over a derogatory reference to Jesus Christ in its Class IX Hindi textbook.

The error was spotted on page number 13 at the end of chapter three — a story ‘Idgah’ by Premchand — of the Class IV Hindi textbook for Hindi-medium students. The definition of the second word ‘roza’ in shabdarth (meaning) was given as “ek chaatak tatha sankramak rog jisme dast aur kaai ati hai (an infectious disease that leads to diarrhoea and vomiting)”.

When contacted, GSSTB chairman Nitin Pethani said, “This is a printing error. There should be haiza (cholera) in place of roza, but mistakenly both these words have been inter-changed.”

While this textbook has been part of the curriculum since 2015, Pethani claimed there was no such error in the earlier edition. He said the error cropped up in the print edition of 2017.

“We will issue a correction for Hindi-medium schools… Not more than 15,000 copies of this textbook were published due to limited number of Hindi-medium students,” said Pethani.

While GSSTB officials denied having received an official complaint from any organisation or individual, Ahmedabad-based Right to Education (RTE) Forum, led by Mujahid Nafees, said the matter would be taken up with higher authorities. “The Forum has planned to submit a complaint to the GSSTB and the state government… errors regarding religions will not be accepted… action must be taken against those involved,” said Nafees.

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    Md.Asem Saif
    Jul 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm
    Hindu dharam mein bhi fasting hai to woh bhi diesease hai. Para likha jahil ho.
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      Jagdish Hardasani
      Jul 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm
      Why we rais petty issues of misprint of word haza with roza and make hue and cry
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        Vnk
        Jul 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm
        anti hindu communal newspapers spread communalism through such items
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          Kamal Pasha
          Jul 11, 2017 at 11:43 am
          Hindus also fast (Upavaas).
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            ram
            Jul 11, 2017 at 9:36 am
            No one is proof reading Gujarat text books. Is education secretary still there?
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              IslamForFoools
              Jul 11, 2017 at 9:23 am
              By mistake. Truth comes out. 100 men eating from same plates, putting hands in mouth, mixing saliva with same plate and literally kissing each other on iftaar with stringent, pungent smell of cheap ittar, isn't thta infectious? It is infectious disease. Book shud not remove that thing. Fck Indian express editors, the Arab slave
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                mik
                Jul 11, 2017 at 10:36 am
                You RSS chaddi will never improve. People like you are infectious disease in our country. If you want i can give you immense example of infectious disease in Hinduism i m ean sanatan dharma not Hinduism.
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                  IslamForFoools
                  Jul 11, 2017 at 11:11 am
                  You Muslims have no country , you are godless Satan cult of pedophile mohemmed
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                  Imran
                  Jul 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm
                  Paid troll on usual course of ting here.
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                    tarique hussain
                    Jul 12, 2017 at 12:55 am
                    Pedophile? You SOB. चड्ढी gang. You can only think of all that. If you think so bad about Mohammed whom you have not seen.... I wonder what and how indecent you would be thinking about your deities who are half naked most of the time....
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                      syed
                      Jul 12, 2017 at 1:46 am
                      dear friend the fasting or rozaa is not only a pillar is Islam but as far as the health point of view it is a great practise to avoid indigestion and removal of all toxins and unwanted residue of good. secondly my dearfriend you wrote about eatineating together , it is not at all unhygenic . lastly uI wrote about the perfume or ITTAR it is better than I will get the smell of sweating . Hope u realise that the Islamic way of life is not at all a mistake in fact it is the true path of life. hope u will go through my words to understand what Islam is.
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                        Md.Asem Saif
                        Jul 12, 2017 at 7:15 pm
                        Jahil ka aulad hai.Ya para likha jahil hai hai. ya
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                        Sagat
                        Jul 11, 2017 at 8:59 am
                        Right way by Mr.Nafees. if it woild have been in Uttar Pradesh/Bihar/West Bengal riots would have occurred and this would ultimately lead to chiotic situation in Northern India.
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                          rddy
                          Jul 11, 2017 at 8:41 am
                          Correctly said , Islam is a infectious disease, only way to cure is wipe out Islam
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                            ian
                            Jul 11, 2017 at 8:56 am
                            HINDUISM IS NOT A DISEASE ?
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                              Kamal Pasha
                              Jul 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm
                              Rddy : BUT FEKU MODI AND THOUSDANDS OF HINDUS GO TO ISLAMIC COUNTRY FOR WHAT? I WILL TELL . TO LICK MUSLIM INDRIS.
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                                Md.Asem Saif
                                Jul 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm
                                Tere baap bol ke gaya Suyar shala
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