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"Loyal" donkeys better than wives, says textbook
Reuters Yahoo ^ | Tue Apr 4

Posted on 04/04/2006 9:20:08 AM PDT by Abathar

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A textbook used at schools in the Indian state of Rajasthan compares housewives to donkeys, and suggests the animals make better companions as they complain less and are more loyal to their "masters," The Times of India reported Tuesday.

"A donkey is like a housewife ... In fact, the donkey is a shade better, for while the housewife may sometimes complain and walk off to her parents' home, you'll never catch the donkey being disloyal to his master," the newspaper reported, quoting a Hindi-language primer meant for 14-year-olds.

The book was approved by the state's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government but has sparked protests from the party's women's wing.

State education officials in Rajasthan, a western state known for its conservative attitude toward women, said people should not be upset by the comparison, the paper said.

"The comparison was made in good humor," state education official A.R. Khan was quoted as saying. "However, protests have been taken note of and the board is in the process of removing it (the reference)."


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1 posted on 04/04/2006 9:20:08 AM PDT by Abathar
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To: Abathar

Some things just write themselves.


2 posted on 04/04/2006 9:22:49 AM PDT by MadeInAmerica ( - Tested in the Middle East)
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To: Abathar

This must have been written by a jackass.


3 posted on 04/04/2006 9:23:04 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Abathar

Ol' Festus will tell you the virtues of Ruth.


4 posted on 04/04/2006 9:24:17 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Abathar
A textbook used at schools in the Indian state of Rajasthan compares housewives to donkeys, and suggests the animals make better companions...

Rajasthan? Let me guess....Religion of Peace?

5 posted on 04/04/2006 9:24:51 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: Abathar

A donkey is like a housewife ... In fact, the donkey is a shade better, for while the housewife may sometimes complain and walk off to her parents' home, you'll never catch the donkey being disloyal to his master," the newspaper reported, quoting a Hindi-language primer meant for 14-year-olds.

Oh, Oh and by the way- they donkey do not need cuddling- (said with stong middle eastern accent)


6 posted on 04/04/2006 9:25:01 AM PDT by wordoffaith
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To: battlegearboat

Yep, Sundays on TVland. Just can't beat the classics...


7 posted on 04/04/2006 9:25:28 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Abathar; dighton; aculeus
"...In fact, the donkey is a shade better, for while the housewife may sometimes complain and walk off to her parents' home, you'll never catch the donkey being disloyal to his master"

Plus, when you show this article to a donkey, it won't make you sleep on the couch.

8 posted on 04/04/2006 9:27:12 AM PDT by Senator Bedfellow
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To: Abathar

Some guys are just desperate for ass.

9 posted on 04/04/2006 9:27:31 AM PDT by Fintan (Did you really think I could post such insightful replies if I actually read the article???)
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To: wordoffaith

It is better to dwell in the wilderness with your donkey than with a contentious and angry woman.


10 posted on 04/04/2006 9:27:48 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Abathar

Perhaps the theory is that with a donkey, you don't have to buy dinner and a movie first.


11 posted on 04/04/2006 9:28:59 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: battlegearboat

eitherway- you are still stuck with a jackass


12 posted on 04/04/2006 9:29:31 AM PDT by wordoffaith
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To: Gay State Conservative

This was a Hindu nationalist textbook, actually.


13 posted on 04/04/2006 9:30:15 AM PDT by AntiGuv (The 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty is bad for America and bad for humanity - DUMP IT!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Rajasthan? Let me guess....Religion of Peace?
Nope. Written in Hindi, approved by the Hindu-nationalist BJP.

Sounds like to these guys the phrase abbreviated PofA has a whole new meaning. >:o

-Eric

14 posted on 04/04/2006 9:31:04 AM PDT by E Rocc
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To: Abathar

It's good most Muslim wives are illiterate. Because if they were able to write about the number of things that are better than Muslim husbands there would be worldwide Jihads that would make the Danish cartoon thing look like a two-year old's tantrum.


15 posted on 04/04/2006 9:33:33 AM PDT by blueminnesota
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To: Gay State Conservative

"Rajasthan? Let me guess....Religion of Peace?"




Why guess? Read the article. Reading is FUNdamental.

"The book was approved by the state's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government"


16 posted on 04/04/2006 9:33:52 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Abathar

yes, but can they handle call center calls?


17 posted on 04/04/2006 9:33:57 AM PDT by mikey565 (Let upstate NY secede from NY)
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To: Chanticleer; Mike Bates; Millee; Dashing Dasher; conservativebabe; PaulaB; HOTTIEBOY; ...

Hell hath no fury like the wrath of an ass scorned?

Ping


18 posted on 04/04/2006 9:36:23 AM PDT by peacebaby (living fast forward, now I need to rewind real slow)
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To: Abathar

Not sure how great a donkey would look in a slinky negligee'....


19 posted on 04/04/2006 9:36:29 AM PDT by BossLady
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To: AntiGuv; Gay State Conservative
Textbook likens donkey to housewife
Sanjay Singh Badnor
[ Tuesday, April 04, 2006 12:56:21 am TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1475517.cms

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AJMER: Odious comparisons continue to be the bane of the harried Indian homemaker. The latest to pass an unflattering comment on her is the Rajasthan Education Board.

"A donkey is like a housewife. It has to toil all day and, like her, may even have to give up food and water. In fact, the donkey is a shade better, for while the housewife may sometimes complain and walk off to her parents’ home, you’ll never catch the donkey being disloyal to his master," says the board’s Class IX Hindi textbook.

The joke, if indeed there is one, hasn’t gone down well with activists, who have asked the state government to ban or delete the "objectionable" text, or be prepared to face an agitation.

Incidentally, the state is run by a woman Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje Scindia.

Written by Gopalprasad Vyas, an eminent Hindi satirist and Padma Shri winner who died last year, the 'offending' chapter has attracted the ire of activists a year after it was introduced in the book.


Sources in the state education department, however, hold a different view.

"The same chapter also compares the donkey to politicians, calling the animal thick-skinned. There was objection to this line. The issue then boiled over and this issue was raked up as well," an official said.

State education board director of publications and academics A R Khan said the comparison was made in good humour, without any intent to hurt or humiliate.

"However, protests have been taken note of and the board is in the process of removing the chapter," he added.







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Already posted here:

Donkeys better than wives: textbook

Herald Sun ^ | 4 april 2006

Posted on 04/04/2006 2:31:32 AM EDT by Aussie Dasher

20 posted on 04/04/2006 9:36:34 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Abathar

There are so many directions I could go with this...


21 posted on 04/04/2006 9:37:20 AM PDT by RockinRight (Yes...she's an excellent tour guide!)
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To: MineralMan

It was a satirical piece, in light jest. Wonder how they'll react when they get to Shakespeare.


22 posted on 04/04/2006 9:38:26 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Senator Bedfellow

Yeah, but can the donkey cook and wash your dirty socks? And how good can a donkey look in sexy lingerie, hmmmmm????????


23 posted on 04/04/2006 9:38:56 AM PDT by derllak
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To: Abathar

yeah, but can donkeys give good foot rubs?


24 posted on 04/04/2006 9:40:51 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Abathar

This is just too sick for words.


25 posted on 04/04/2006 9:41:48 AM PDT by manwiththehands (I will remember in November.)
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To: BossLady

Good one; though I'm sure some donkeys would look pretty good compared to some women (Helen Thomas comes to mind).


26 posted on 04/04/2006 9:42:01 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Abathar

If I waved this article around my wife would be all to happy to make the introduction: "Ass, meet ass."


27 posted on 04/04/2006 9:42:57 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Abathar

Now it's politicians versus donkeys

http://www.ibnlive.com/article.php?id=7667&section_id=4

Swati Vashishtha
CNN-IBN
Posted Sunday , April 02, 2006 at 09:19
Updated Sunday , April 02, 2006 at 17:49

Jaipur: A satirical comparison with Donkey's thick skins has sensitive politicians fuming in Rajasthan. Its politicians versus donkeys in Rajasthan.


A ninth standard book, which compares politicians with donkeys, has become a subject of serious offence for the legislators. With the Opposition Congress accusing the government of cultivating disregard for politicians through the book the issue has now turned into a political row.


If there is one animal the politicians in Rajasthan cannot stand it's the poor donkey. Uproar in the state Assembly is not about drought relief works or power crisis. It is about politicians being compared with donkeys that too in school lessons.


A chapter by satirist Gopal Prasad Vyas in this ninth standard book says 'like the Indian politicians donkeys too are very thick skinned'. The book goes on to say that 'while politician can be tamed only during election this is not the case with the humble donkey'.



Hari Mohan Sharma, MLA, Congress says, “Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and also Atal Bihari Vajpayee were dedicated to the nation and they are comparing our leaders with donkeys' skin.”


The Congress wants the government to do away with the lesson and punish those responsible.


But the government is neither in a position to justify the lesson nor agree with the Opposition.


“I have ordered an inquiry into the matter. There is a committee by Board of Secondary Education of Rajasthan, which will look into the matter and appropriate action will be taken by the government, “says Ghanshyam Tiwari State Education Minister, Rajasthan.


In Rajasthan where the country's biggest donkey fair is held annually, donkeys have been eyesores for politicians for years. The organisers of the fair, the people of Luniawas village, say politicians who are flattered by invites to inaugurate fairs are quick to make excuses for this one.


Now with the controversy over comparison of politicians with donkeys the old wounds are only likely to deepen.


28 posted on 04/04/2006 9:43:57 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Paved Paradise

I guess that where all the veils and burkas come in handy......LOL!


29 posted on 04/04/2006 9:46:19 AM PDT by BossLady (Let's Just Buy Mexico and Get It Over With Already......)
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To: Abathar
"A textbook used at schools in the Indian state of Rajasthan compares housewives to donkeys, and suggests the animals make better companions as they complain less and are more loyal to their "masters."

"In related news, a textbook author just committed suicide with the jawbone of an ass. Film at 11."

30 posted on 04/04/2006 9:46:50 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("How'd you get that scar, mister?" "Nicked myself shaving.")
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To: wordoffaith
h, Oh and by the way- they donkey do not need cuddling

There's a Fire Chief in Mesa, AZ that might concur with you on this...

31 posted on 04/04/2006 10:03:32 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: Abathar

I see the Democratic Party will go to any lengths to promote itself anywhere in the world.


32 posted on 04/04/2006 10:06:27 AM PDT by rod1
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To: Abathar

This is an insult to my name!!

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


33 posted on 04/04/2006 10:06:29 AM PDT by bray (Xenophobes for Rice '08)
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To: wordoffaith
eitherway- you are still stuck with a jackass

Physician heal thyself

34 posted on 04/04/2006 10:12:30 AM PDT by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won't back down)
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To: CarrotAndStick
The Taming of the Shrew comes to mind....
35 posted on 04/04/2006 10:16:51 AM PDT by Chanticleer (Purple Mountains Maj and I will take your black jelly beans if you don't want them.)
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To: derllak

Can donkeys fetch beer? This seems to be a pretty important requirement around here! :-)


36 posted on 04/04/2006 10:17:58 AM PDT by Chanticleer (Purple Mountains Maj and I will take your black jelly beans if you don't want them.)
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To: apackof2

Make's ya feel all warm and fuzzy, don't it ;)

Personally, I like my critters cuz I can lock'em out of my room at nigth ;)


37 posted on 04/04/2006 10:19:22 AM PDT by najida (He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor. *Hindu proverb*)
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To: blueminnesota

The ignorance on this board is unsettling...this was a hindu fundamentalist book not a muslim book...


38 posted on 04/04/2006 10:28:49 AM PDT by TortReformer
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To: TortReformer
The ignorance on this board is unsettling...this was a hindu fundamentalist book not a muslim book...

This was as more of a satirical work than a "Hindu fundamentalist book".

And as per article, it was approved by a Muslim educational official of the state in question.

"The comparison was made in good humor," state education official A.R. Khan was quoted as saying.

39 posted on 04/04/2006 10:35:15 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: peacebaby

Tee hee - peacebaby said ass.


40 posted on 04/04/2006 10:40:29 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher (You're kind of crazy, but in a very good way. - broham)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Help me here,
I read the article, and I keep seeing Hindu mentioned. Where does it say he's a Muslim education official? (not being contentious, I just can't seem to find that).


41 posted on 04/04/2006 10:42:29 AM PDT by najida (He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor. *Hindu proverb*)
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To: CarrotAndStick

How are you certain that A.R. Khan is Muslim? To the best of my knowledge, the name Khan has political, as opposed to religious, origins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan).


42 posted on 04/04/2006 10:43:17 AM PDT by stormlead
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To: Dashing Dasher

yes, she did...

she says the F word, too, on occasion...especially in rush hour traffic.


43 posted on 04/04/2006 10:44:43 AM PDT by peacebaby (living fast forward, now I need to rewind real slow)
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To: BossLady

India doesn't have burkas and veils.

That's the Middle East.


44 posted on 04/04/2006 10:44:57 AM PDT by najida (He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor. *Hindu proverb*)
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To: najida
I know....I was making a joke....because poster used the Helen Thomas card.....

Saris are quite sexy.....still cannot picture a donkey in one....

45 posted on 04/04/2006 10:47:40 AM PDT by BossLady
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To: TortReformer

The ignorance is par for the course.
a. India is South Asia.
b. It's primarily Hindu (as in the article).
c. The customary dress is very different-- with articles like saris, cholis etc as part of the dress. No burkas, no veils.
d. The the India language and subsequent accent is very different from that of the ME.
e. And to really put a stick in the fire, each country of the ME has a different dress, language or at least dialect.

Geez, this goes right up there with "Them there dark skinned folks all look alike."


46 posted on 04/04/2006 10:49:14 AM PDT by najida (He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor. *Hindu proverb*)
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To: BossLady

I love saris. I fact, I buy them now instead of regular fabric. I wish we had fabrics like that here :)


47 posted on 04/04/2006 10:50:10 AM PDT by najida (He who cannot dance puts the blame on the floor. *Hindu proverb*)
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To: najida; stormlead

'Khan' is a Mughal-origin, Muslim surname, commonly used in India.

Only Muslims in India have Khan as a surname.


48 posted on 04/04/2006 10:51:39 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: najida; stormlead

'Khan' is a Mughal-origin, Muslim surname, commonly used in India.

Only Muslims in India have Khan as a surname.


49 posted on 04/04/2006 10:52:25 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: peacebaby

Tee hee - peacebaby said ass.


50 posted on 04/04/2006 10:53:20 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher (You're kind of crazy, but in a very good way. - broham)
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