It seems like making and spotting errors in school textbooks is quite common and has become a regular incident in India. While we often heard of such mistakes and complaints, especially historical facts and geographical map of the region or area, in the past, the recent one where the image of actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is being portrayed as legendary athlete Milkha Singh in a West Bengal’s school textbook is the latest example.
Making mistakes is inevitable and bound to happen to anyone, but sometimes we wonder if the publishers and those who prepare the textbook really did proper proof-reading before publishing the final piece, as making such huge mistakes, such as the Farhan Akhtar image one, is totally not reasonable and absolutely avoidable.
While the latest incident of spotting and pointing out an error in a school textbook was first highlighted by a Twitter user, Lyfe [email protected] by its username, it was Farhan Akhtar who truly pointed out the error by sharing the former’s post and writing to the West Bengal’s minister of education asking him to request the publisher to recall and replace the book.
Akhtar, who played Milkha Singh in Bollywood biopic film ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, highlighted the glaring error in a Twitter post.
This is what the actor has written and posted on his Twitter page. He has also tagged Trinamool Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien in his tweet.
To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal.
There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singh-ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book?
Sincerely. @derekobrienmp https://t.co/RV2D3gV5bd
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 19, 2018
Meanwhile, a day after Farhan Akhtar highlighted the error, Derek O’Brien tweeted that the book was neither a part of the government school curriculum nor was it published by the state.
Thanks Farhan. Ref the wrong pic of Milkha Singh. Checked with Education Min of State. He tells me it isn’t a text book for government schools.Nor is it published by government. Trying to track the private publishing company. They ought to correct the mistake in future editions https://t.co/bV5gDU0jpr
— Derek O’Brien (@derekobrienmp) August 19, 2018
Besides O’Brien, Farhan’s tweet has elicited reactions from many users with some coming up with hilarious responses to the tweet.
Here are some of the most hilarious ones:
Satirical dark comedy, LOL!
This is comedy. Dark comedy. Satirical dark comedy. At first I laughed so hard.. Then I gave it some serious thought.. And then I laughed harder https://t.co/LA4TAZpRL3
— sanket porwal (@sanketporwal) August 19, 2018
The real culprit is Farhan Akhtar?
The real culprit is @FarOutAkhtar. Need to punish severely.
— Mayur Agrawal (@agrawalmayur23) August 19, 2018
You hate Mika Singh?
Thank god, it shows the Milkha singh(picture wala) not Mika singh😂😂😂
— Dubey vishal (@Dubeyvishal8) August 19, 2018
Because Mamata Banerjee loves Farhan?
— rajesh ojha (@OjhaaRajesh) August 19, 2018
Who needs to watch comedy movies when real life is full of comedy(errors)
— Not a sick Hindu (@karma_k_r) August 20, 2018
Is it so?
Milkha singh ji ki pic nhi mili inko,
Movie dekhi to aapko maan liya milkha singh😁😂😂😂
— Akkian Girlᴳᴼᴸᴰ 👉Akki n Lolo My Love👈 (@AkshayKiAmrit) August 19, 2018
Milkha means Farhan?
No Worry Brother,Bhag Milkha Bhaag Iz Decent Movie & Yu Played Yr Role Superbly,Whenever I Imagine Th Personality Of Milkha Singh Ji,Your Pic Alwyz Comes My Mind,Yu Played Hiz Character So Perfectly That Milkha Means Farhan, 👍https://t.co/09V4Bx6PT3
— Moon!🇮🇳 (@Mr_Moon90) August 19, 2018
A hard-hitting one on the publisher!
Could you also request publisher to join back & complete schooling so that he recognises a legend from an actor.
— ajith pillai (@ajithppillai) August 20, 2018
What about you? What’s your reaction to this error in the school textbook?