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Nothing to Hee Haw About

Reuters reports:

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 today.


“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 towards women, said people should not be upset by the comparison, the paper said.

 

“The comparison was made in good humour,” state education official AR Khan was quoted as saying.

Another advantage of a donkey is that it won’t be offended if you compare it to a donkey.

 

But seriously, the real asses in this story are the person who wrote the book, the people who approved it, and the official quoted at the end.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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