"Japan Dropped An Atomic Bomb On America During World War II," According To Some Indian Textbooks

Several glaring factual errors were found in school textbooks from the western Indian state of Gujarat.

1. “Japan dropped atomic bomb on America in World War II,” according to textbooks meant for sixth to eighth grade students in Gujarat’s state-run schools, according to an NDTV India report.

2. The textbooks, published by the state where Mahatma Gandhi was born, also get the date of his assassination wrong.

The textbooks say Gandhi was assassinated on Oct. 30, 1948, when in fact he was killed on Jan. 30, 1948.

3. These are just some of the numerous factual errors in the textbooks published by the Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT).

4. The eighth grade social science textbook being used by more than 50,000 students has over 120 factual, spelling and grammatical errors.

5. “Proportion of poisonous gas CO3 has increased due to cutting of trees,” according to the textbook.

In fact, it is the level of CO2 (carbon dioxide) that increases when trees are cut down. CO3 or carbon trioxide is not normally found in nature.

6. The textbook also wrongly teaches students that the neighboring country of Pakistan is an “Islamic Islamabad nation” and its capital is “Khaiber Ghat.”

Pakistan is officially called the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and its capital is Islamabad.

7. While the Gujarat government, which is led by India’s 2014 prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, has ordered a probe, the textbooks have still not been withdrawn.

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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