Sita was abducted by Lord Rama: Gujarat school book’s ‘translation error’
Sita was “abducted” by Lord Rama, a textbook of Class 12 in Gujarat said in a blooper that the state textbook board on Friday described as a translation error.
The Gujarat State School Textbook Board has also ordered an inquiry in to error.
“There is (a) very heart-touching description of the message conveyed by Laxman to Ram when Sita was abducted by Rama,” reads a paragraph giving some basic understanding to students about the epic ‘Raghuvansham’ written by celebrated Sanskrit poet Kalidasa.
This error figures in the textbook meant for English medium students of Class 12.
GSSTB executive president Nitin Pethani claimed that the word ‘tyag’ has been translated and printed as “abducted” instead of “abandoned” by those who were given the task of translation and proof-reading.
“It should have been printed as ‘when Sita was abandoned by Lord Rama’. But, due to a translation mistake, it got printed as ‘when Sita was abducted by Rama’.
“The word abandoned was replaced with abducted. This is a translation mistake, which is not there in the Gujarati textbooks,” said Pethani.
“We will conduct an inquiry into the matter. If found guilty, we will blacklist the contractors who were given the task of translation as well as proof-reading. We will inform the school teachers to correct this mistake while teaching that chapter,” he added.
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