Who you calling a donkey?

Indian women force education board to change textbook comparing them to "loyal" animals.


Sarah Elizabeth Richards
April 4, 2006 11:30PM (UTC)

It sounds like the kind of lame remark someone's crusty old uncle would make at a family gathering -- something about a donkey making a better companion than a wife. But in the Indian state of Rajasthan, some genius put it in a textbook. And now Reuters reports that the women's wing of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government is demanding in a very un-donkey-like way that it be removed.

Heres the entry from the Hindi-language primer for 14-year-olds: "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."

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State education official A.R. Khan in Rajasthan defended the comparison as "made in good humor" but added that it is being removed.

Yeah, it's so funny, I almost forgot to laugh.


Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Sarah Elizabeth Richards is a journalist based in New York. She can be reached at sarah@saraherichards.com.

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