Kanpur, Nasik and Surat Christians protest against" demonising" Christ in BJP ruled Gujrat text book
On behalf of Bhartiya Nasihi Mahasabha under the leader ship Rev Jitendra Singh along with Pastor Samual Singh, Pastor Ajeet Anson, Mrs. Haileena Singh, Pastor Johnny Claudius, Pastor Johnny Stephen, Pastor Johnson D. S, Pastor Anil Gilvert ,Sardaar Maanu ji. Sardaar Gambhir ji, and a large group of Christians assembled at Kanpur and handed over petitions to the president, Prime minister and District Magistrate against the depicting Jesus Christ as demon by Gujarat school text book.
Christians from across the city and district submitted a memorandum to the district collector over the class IX Hindi textbook published by Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) that had printed adjective 'hevaan' or demon for Jesus Christ.
Christians from Syrian Church, Pentecost, Brethren Mission, Protestant, Roman Catholic and other denominations have expressed shock over the textbook referring Jesus Christ as a demon. Christians took out a rally and submitted a memorandum to district collector Mahendra Patel here today.
Chapter 16 in the textbook titled 'Bharatiya sanskriti mein guru-shishya sambandh' (teacher-student relationship in Indian culture) says, "Is sambandh me hevaan Isa ka ek kathan sada smaraniya hai (In this context, one statement of demon Jesus is always memorable). Jesus Christ is quoted as saying, "My followers are much greater than me and I am not worthy enough to even untie their shoes."
Spokesperson and presbyter-in-charge, Reverend Dennis E Amin said, "Christians are a peace-loving community. It seems there is a deliberate attempt to instigate the community by using the word 'demon' for Jesus Christ. We are followers of Jesus Christ and it hurts when such a mistake is committed."
Amin added, "The religious leaders had pointed out to the chairman of GSSTB and chairman of National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) and sought removal of the word 'hevaan' from the textbooks around a month back. Still the children in class IX are reading this. We want chief minister Vijay Rupani to take prompt action in this matter."
Regarding Gujarat issue of removing the wrong and infuriating statements printed in 9th Std Hindi Text Book, a rally was organised and led by the Representative of ADF India Adv Wilson Nathan.
They burned the relevant pages of the book and submitted a written agitation to the Addl. District Magistrate of Nashik, who assured that the strong feelings of Christian Community will be informed to the State Govt, and inform them that everywhere agitations are happening.