Gujarat Hindi Textbook Describes Roza As ‘Infectious Disease’

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 faced protests against a derogatory reference to Jesus Christ in its Class IX Hindi textbook. While GSSTB officials said “roza” erroneously got printed instead of “haiza (cholera),” activists demanded action against those behind this error. Muslim clerics called the error a “blatant misinformation” and threatened protest.