School children listen to a speech by a Christian leader during a protest rally in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata August 29, 2008. (PHOTO: REUTERS/JAYANTA SHAW)

The Christian community in Ahmedabad, India, is outraged that class 9 Hindi language textbooks refer to Jesus Christ as a “demon.”

The government has claimed that the adjective ‘hevaan’ or ‘demon,’ used before Jesus’ name in the textbooks published by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board was a mistake, News 18 reported on Thursday, and said that the error will be rectified.

The Times of India reports that the Christian community notified the government about the error over a month ago but no action was taken, until now.

Chapter 16 of the textbook in question states “Is sambandh me hevaan Isa ka ek kathan sada smaraniya hai,” which translates as “one statement of demon Jesus is always memorable.”

Fr. Vinayak Jhadav, spokesperson for the Catholic Church of Gujarat, said that the error was pointed out by the chairman of the GSSTB back in May.

“Prima facie it appears that the word ‘hevaan,’ which is demon or beast or devil, may be a typo and we had requested an immediate correction,” Jhadav said.

“When we did not hear from the textbook board, we took the matter to the Gujarat United Christian Forum and decided to represent the case before the state education minister for an explanation, correction and disciplinary action against those responsible for the error. This is not about religion, it is about quality of education.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov

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