Japan nuked USA in World War 2, says Gujarat textbook

AHMEDABAD: School textbooks are supposed to disseminate historical knowledge factually and correctly to students.
 
However, Social Science English medium textbook for Standard 8 published by the Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT) is doing the exact opposite. Times of India reports some of the key historical events -in India and even international -have been ruthlessly distorted in these textbooks.
 
Sample these for example:
 
Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, was assassinated on October 30, 1948. Also, it was Japan that nuked the USA in the World War 2!
 
The incorrect information contained in the textbooks is dangerous as it is read by more than 50,000 children in English medium schools of Gujarat board.
 
The TOI report states that as many as 59 glaring factual errors and 100 spelling errors can be pointed out in the textbook.
 
The executive president of Gujarat state board of school textbooks, Nitin Pethani gave an assurance that the mistakes will be rectified. He was quoted by TOI as saying, *I have been told that there are many errors. We are trying to bring out an errors list and publish it on the internet. We cannot recall the books at this stage. But we give an assurance that we will correct the mistakes.
 
Here are some of the pearls of wisdom included in the textbook:
 
* Leaders like Dadabhai Navroji, Surendranath Bannerjee and Gopal Krishna Gokhale were 'extremists' within the Congress during the Indian freedom movement.
 
* After the country's partition in 1947, a country named 'Islamic Islamabad' was born whose capital was Khyber Ghat in the Hindukush mountains.
 
* Mahatma Gandhi set up his first Satyagraha Ashram in May 1925. (Actually, it was 1915)
 
* Though the book makes a mention of the evil practices of 'Sati' and 'dudhpiti', the publishers didn't bother to explain them.