Indian textbooks say Japan nuked the U.S.

That's not exactly how it happened.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   Feb. 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

GUJARAT, India, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Social science textbooks in Gujarat, India, reportedly have 120 factual, grammatical, and spelling errors, including the false statement that Japan nuked the U.S.

The major errors include a misreporting of the date of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination, the abundance of a rare gas carbon trioxide, and a statement that Japan waged a nuclear attack on the U.S. during World War II.

The Standard 8 Social Science textbook is currently used by 50,000 students and was published by the Gujarat Council for Education Research and Training, intended for use at the state-run schools. "This is clearly the reflection of the competency of the writers of the books," said principal Nirav Thakkar, "There should have been some semblance of sensibility while clearing the draft of these books."

The state's education minister said that a review committee has been formed, but that the books have not been removed from schools.


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