A glaring blunder can be seen in the Class XII Sanskrit textbook of the Gujarat board that says Lord Rama, and not Ravana, was the abductor of Sita.
The error appears in a paragraph describing poet Kalidas’ ‘Raghuvansham’. The offending line on Page 106 of the textbook’s English version reads: “There is a very heart-touching description of the message conveyed by Laxman to Ram when Sita was abducted by Rama.”
“Here the poet has brought out a beautiful picture of the character of Rama with his original thought and thinking. There is a very heart-touching description of the message conveyed by Laxman to Ram when Sita was abducted by Rama (sic),” reads a para on page 106 of “Introduction to Sanskrit Literature”, which is replete with spelling errors right from the word go. Only English-medium students are subjected to the glaring blooper as the Gujarati textbook has got this paragraph on “Raghuvansham”, an epic by Sanskrit poet Kalidas, correct.
The textbook errs on several counts. Firstly, teams that are involved in translating textbooks from one language to another have written wrongly used ‘abducted’ instead of ‘abandoned’. The Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi versions have used the phrase ‘Sita Tyaag’.
GSBST has admitted to having made the error and promised to rectify it at the earliest.Dr Nitin Pethani, executive president of the Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks, Gandhinagar, first said he was not aware of the blooper but later admitted the mistake.
“It is a translation error where Ravana is replaced with Rama. In the Gujarati textbook there is no mistake,” Pethani said.
Dr Nitin Pethani stated,. “Yes, I admit that such errors adversely impact the credibility of the textbook board. In this instance, it appears as if the translators have wrongly used the word ‘abducted’ and proof readers have overlooked the error. We have already corrected the error in the online version of the textbooks and I have instructed officials to issue notices to those involved in the translation and proof reading of this particular book.