[Paleopsych] Times of India: In Modi's Gujarat, Hitler is a textbook hero
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Sat Oct 16 21:41:32 UTC 2004
I sent this to the owner of a transhumanist list just a moment ago, but
it's certain so apt for this one that I needn't worry about sending it.
Hope we don't get too heated over who's the most admired person in the
world. Yeah, Jesus and Mohammed for religious leaders. But who else is
ahead of Hitler?
James, I'm fearful of sending this, as it might start a storm. What do you
think? I'll do whatever your say. This comes from Education Week's series of
A storm was set off a few weeks ago when someone compared Hitler unfavorably to
Gandhi. So here's the opposite view. You'll have to click to get the rest of
the article, if you're really interested. Hitler is easily one of the ten most
people people, living or dead, in the world today, esp. in the third world.
He's viewed as someone who started out from an unprivledged background, made is
way to the top, and took revenge on his enemies. Revenge is near the bottom of
my own ranking of Steve Reiss' 16 Basic Desires, but it's near the top for a
good many people. They are not very concerned about what Hitler's policies were
or whether their image of him corresponds to the fact: what matters is that he
stuck it to the other guy.
Hitler might even be no. 1, except for certain religious leaders. He's probably
no. 1 among politicians. (Uncle Joe is still admired in Russia, since he would
not brook nonsense. I don't think Chairman Mao is remembered fondly by very
many people. Castro is admired throughout Latin America for sticking it to the
Yanquis. Kennedy is also admired in Latin America, for being a Catholic. This
is more positive. But I digress.
We do not like this, but we should know the world as it is.
In Modi's Gujarat, Hitler is a textbook hero
AHMEDABAD: Gandhi is not so great, but Hitler is. Welcome to high
school education in Narendra Modi's Gujarat, where authors of social
studies textbooks published by the Gujarat State Board of School
Textbooks have found faults with the freedom movement and glorified
Fascism and Nazism.
While a Class VIII student is taught 'negative aspects' of Gandhi's
non-cooperation movement, the Class X social studies textbook has
chapters on 'Hitler, the Supremo' and 'Internal Achievements of
The Class X book presents a frighteningly uncritical picture of
Fascism and Nazism. The strong national pride that both these
phenomena generated, the efficiency in the bureaucracy and the
administration and other 'achievements' are detailed, but pogroms
against Jews and atrocities against trade unionists, migrant
labourers, and any section of people who did not fit into Mussolini or
Hitler's definition of rightful citizen don't find any mention." They
committed the gruesome and inhuman act of suffocating 60 lakh Jews in
gas chambers" is all the book, authored by a panel, mentions of the
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