'Haivaan' prefix to Jesus in Guj Hindi textbook; Nagaland guv shockedJune 12, 2017 20:36
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 today, 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 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, 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.