P B Acharya shocked at ‘haivaan’ prefix to Jesus in Gujarat Hindi textbook 

A class IX Hindi language textbook published by the Gujarat Board has used the word 'haivaan' (devil) before Jesus Christ, instead of the intended word 'bhagwan' (God) in a passage in one of its chapters.

By: PTI | Kohima | Published:June 13, 2017 1:36 am
Governor of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh P B Acharya, Gujarat board, Gujarat education, Jesus, Jesus reference in Gujarat hindi books Governor of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh P B Acharya (File Photo)

Governor of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh P B Acharya has expressed shock and dismay over reports that in the class IX Hindi language textbook published by the Gujarat Board, the word ‘haivaan’ (devil) was used before Jesus Christ. In a letter addressed to the Governor of Gujarat Om Prakash Kohli on Monday, Governor Acharya said “such mendacious action by irresponsible employees not only hurt the sentiments, but also jeopardise communal harmony.”

Acharya, through the letter, also called for stern action and punishment against those responsible, stated a Raj Bhavan release in Kohima. The Governor also spoke to his counterpart in Gujarat about the seriousness of the matter, the release said.  Raj Bhavan officials said Kohli has expressed regret and assured Acharya of taking up the matter urgently with the Gujarat State Education minister and initiate action against the persons concerned.

In a blunder, a class IX Hindi language textbook published by the Gujarat Board has used the word ‘haivaan’ (devil) before Jesus Christ, instead of the intended word ‘bhagwan’ (God) in a passage in one of its chapters, which has triggered protests from the Christian community.

Left embarrassed, officials of the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB), the publisher of the textbook, have rectified the blunder in the online version of the book available on their website and removed the controversial word.

Assuring an internal inquiry, GSSTB executive president Nitin Pethani has said it was a “printing mistake”. The controversial reference appears on page 16, which is in the chapter titled “Teacher-student relationship in Indian culture”.

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    chandran
    Jun 14, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    actually this was not happened only now ..... according to Bible it was happened when he was in this world when he was with his physics body ... and this was told because of his good deeds .....so the reason he had told when he was crucifying on the cross as ....OH.....FATHER FORGIVE THEM SINCE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING .....no problem no one can fight to save the God ... Human life is Maya ...nothing can achieve with unrighteousness .
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    Jagneet Taneja
    Jun 13, 2017 at 7:35 am
    Well the textbook isn't wrong.
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