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Saturday , June 10 , 2017

Jesus 'mistake' in book

Ahmedabad, June 9 (PTI): A Class IX Hindi-language textbook published by the Gujarat board has used the word " haivaan" (devil) before Jesus Christ instead of the intended "bhagwan" (God), triggering protests by Christians.

The Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB), the publisher of the textbook, has rectified the mistake in the online version of the book available on its website.

Assuring an internal inquiry, GSSTB executive president Nitin Pethani said it was a "printing mistake".

The "mistake" appears on page 16, which is part of a chapter titled "Teacher-student relationship in Indian culture".

A group of Christians today gathered outside the office of the district education officer in Ahmedabad and demanded the withdrawal of the book.

"The textbook has depicted our god in a bad light. We condemn the word used for Jesus Christ. We want the government to withdraw the book immediately," a protester said.

The GSSTB said it would not be possible to withdraw the textbooks as they had already been distributed among students across the state.

"To make sure that the corrected version is taught to students, we will issue a written advisory to all the teachers, asking them to take into account this correction," Pethani said.

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