Ahmedabad, Jun 1: Sita was abducted by Lord Ram, the Class XII Sanskrit textbook of Gujarat Board reportedly claims. The book says that in Hindu mythology epic, Ramayana, Ravana was not the abductor of Sita, but Lord Ram.  The discrepancy lies in the book titled ‘Introduction to Sanskrit Language’.

A para, in the book, on page 106 reads, “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).”

A report suggests that it is only the glaring blooper is only in the textbooks of English-medium schools. It states that the paragraph on “Raghuvansham”, an epic by Sanskrit poet Kalidas, is correctly presented in Gujarati textbooks.

Ridiculing the Gujarat Board for the mistake, a retired Sanskrit professor said the fact that Sita was abducted by Ravana is known to all and “Raghuvansham”, too, depicts the same.

Initially, the executive president of the Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks, Gandhinagar, claimed that he was not aware of the blooper however, he later admitted the mistake. “It’s a translation error,” he was quoted as saying as he claimed that there is no mistake in Gujarati textbook.

Journalism Started During Mahabharata, Narad Muni Like Google: UP Dy CM Dinesh Sharma

Joining the league of BJP leaders who have recently made controversial statements, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Wednesday claimed that journalism started during Mahabharata. “It (journalism) started during Mahabharata,” he said while speaking at an event organised in Mathura to mark the ‘Hindi Journalism Day’.

The deputy chief minister also cited various instances from the Hindu epic to support his claim. He said the mythological character Sanjaya, sitting at Hastinapur, narrated a bird’s eye view of the war of Mahabharata, to Dhritarashtra. “Yeh live telecast nahi to aur kya hai (if it is not live telecast, then what is it ?),” Sharma asked.

The BJP minister also equated another character, Narada, with the present-day Google. “Your Google has started now, but our Google started long time back. ‘Narad Muni’ was the epitome of information. He could reach anywhere and transfer a message from one place to another by saying ‘Narayana’ three times,” he said.