Skip to comments.Israel protests Hitler praise in Indian schoolbooks
Posted on 11/14/2005 5:09:12 PM PST by wagglebee
NEW DELHI - Israel is planning to protest a western Indian state's move to include references in school books that glorify Adolf Hitler, a news report said Friday.
The Israeli Embassy is planning to communicate its displeasure to Gujarat state, appalled that the school textbooks "sing praises" of Hitler, the Indian Express reported.
The state is ruled by the Hindu rightist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Israel's Consul general in Bombay, Daniel Zonshine said the representation of Hitler in Gujarat's textbooks was "misleading".
"Personally, I feel offended, and publicly, the representation has caused anger and unhappiness at the twisting of facts," Zonshine was quoted by the paper as saying.
Zonshine said the protest could include writing to the state government. "We are exploring options, coordinating and exchanging views on this."
He added Israel plans to get the support of Germany. "It could also be a joint effort with the German embassy," he said.
The controversy concerns a Class X text book of the Gujarat Education Board that is silent on the Holocaust and glorifies Hitler. In a section on "Internal achievements of Nazism", the school book states; "Hitler adopted a new economic policy and brought prosperity to Germany. He made untiring efforts to make Germany self reliant within one decade".
The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) has also demanded the textbooks be withdrawn, stating the books are full of prejudices and hatred towards religious minorities.
WTF! He was responsible for millions of deaths and nearly exterminated the Jews, his "self reliance" was based on invading other nations and looting them.
Terrifying. I'm all for the Hindus, and I love India and its people. But this isn't right, and I'm not going to keep my mouth shut.
If India's like the rest of the world, tell them that Hitler was responsible for the death of more than a few homosexuals as well. That oughta change their minds. Leftist scum...
Hitler adopted a new economic policy and brought prosperity to Germany. He made untiring efforts to make Germany self reliant within one decade
He was responsible for lifting Germany's economy in less than a decade, and of destroying most of Europe the following three years. Along with it he destroyed millions of families, left millions homeless and was responsible for the deaths of ten million or more people. Adolf Hitler disrupted over half the planet, and contributed toward much destruction on the other half.
The name Adolf Hitler will be cursed for eternity.
Nice going India. You weren't content to put one foot in your mouth, you've got both of them in there up to your kneecaps.
You clearly have no idea what you're talking about. This is the BJP we're talking about, hardly a hotbed of leftwing radicalism.
It should surprise no one that pro-fascist sentiments continue to be held by many Indian politicians and public servants.
Whoever authorized this insanity should be demoted to junior assistant idiot and sent to Kashmir to work as a mine detector. This is an atrocity.
Thanks in advance,
an ignorant FReeper
Emerging Indian Nationalism...Those who ignore history...will be trampled by those who repeat it.
I had forgotten, but thanks for the reminder. Of course, Aryanism is a branch of Hindu which makes Islamic treatment of women look kind.
I wonder what Hitler would have done with India and its inhabitants after invading...
This is where unpatriotic corporations are outsourcing labor to. Shameful.
The state goverment for the state of gujarat has strong fascist tendancies. Unfortunately they are supported by the majority of people in that state
It's a big country with many conflicts.
Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 22:51 GMT 23:51 UK
'Nazi' row over Indian textbooks
Critics say schoolchildren are being taught historical inaccuracies
Human rights campaigners in India's Gujarat state have condemned school textbooks which they say praise Hitler.
The books are issued by the Hindu nationalist state government. One includes a chapter on the "internal achievements of Nazism".
A Jesuit priest and social activist, Cedric Prakash, says the books contain more than 300 factual errors and make little mention of the holocaust.
The Gujarat government has dismissed the charges as baseless.
A senior official from the state education department told the BBC that anomalies arose when the book was translated from Gujarati into English, and are being quoted out of context.
The books, used to teach students aged 13 to 15, were introduced last year and have been reissued for the current school year.
Gujarat is led by Chief Minister Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi
Father Prakash told AFP news agency: "We first researched the textbooks in 2004 and pointed out some glaringly distorted historical facts to the state education board.
"Despite protests from parents, peace activists and educationists, the updated school books still contain the same objectionable text this academic year."
He said it was time to take the matter to court.
In the chapter entitled "Internal achievements of Nazism," one textbook quoted by AFP states: "Hitler lent dignity and prestige to the German government within a short time, establishing a strong administrative set-up."
Communal feelings run high in Gujarat - the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi.
Religious riots in 2002 officially killed more than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims. Human rights groups place the figure much higher.
They're a bunch of would-be upper-caste arrogant snots who think they are oh-so-superior to we crass materialistic Westerners.
Ask any convenience store owner.