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"Loyal" donkeys better than wives, says textbook

 
 
husker
 
Reply Tue 4 Apr, 2006 06:24 pm
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A textbook used at schools in the Indian state of
Rajasthan compares housewives to donkeys, and suggests the animals make
better companions as they complain less and are more loyal to their
"masters," The Times of India reported Tuesday.


"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," the
newspaper reported, quoting a Hindi-language primer meant for 14-year-olds.


The book was approved by the state's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata
Party government but has sparked protests from the party's women's wing.


State education officials in Rajasthan, a western state known for its
conservative attitude toward women, said people should not be upset by the
comparison, the paper said.


"The comparison was made in good humor," state education official A.R. Khan
was quoted as saying. "However, protests have been taken note of and the
board is in the process of removing it (the reference)."
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 4 Apr, 2006 06:38 pm
I take it as humor.
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Acquiunk
 
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Reply Tue 4 Apr, 2006 06:39 pm
Re: "Loyal" donkeys better than wives, says textbo
husker wrote:
"The comparison was made in good humor," state education official A.R. Khan
was quoted as saying. "


It that case A.R. Khan and his minions should find no offence in being compared to an ass.
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