Idiot Of The Day

“Loyal” donkeys better than wives, says textbook

When you read a headline like this you can only hope and pray that this is a start of a very bad joke. Alas, not true. The idiot of the day is A.R. Khan

This from Reuters :

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 issue is quite serious and warrents immediate attention and the person or persons responsible for this travesty should be fired. But how does the education minister respond?

“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).”

“Good humour”? I fail to see the humour. No doubt the 14 year olds to whom this is being taught see it. What an idiot.

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