UP based publisher apologies after widespread criticism over disrespecting Imam Khomeini

wilayattimes (India)

New Delhi | WTNS | April 28:The listing of globally famous Islamic figure and architect of Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Syed Ruhollah Mosavi Khomeini, as among the “most evil people of the world” in a Class 6 textbook has triggered a major row in many parts of India particularly in Jammu and Kashmir.

Acuber Books International, the Uttar Pradesh-based publisher, has apologised for the “deeply offensive” characterisation of the founder of Islamic Republic of Iran and promised to rectify the error.

Following widespread criticism across India, Acuber Books International, the publisher based in Uttar Pradesh, has issued an apology for listing the Imam Khomeini , amongst the “most evil people of the world” in a Class 6 textbook, The Wilayat Times reported.

This inclusion sparked a major controversy in Jammu and Kashmir and religious leaders and Islamic figures condemned the act and urged upon higher authorities to take action against the publisher.

The textbook in question, That’s Right – 6, a sixth standard general knowledge and current affairs book, had categorised Imam Khomeini alongside figures like Kim Il-sung of North Korea and Hirohito of Japan, attributing to him “many evil deeds” during his leadership from 1979 to 1989.

This characterisation drew immediate backlash from the lovers and supporters , who revere Khomeini as a religious leader and Islamic scholar.

In response, Acuber Books International acknowledged their mistake, expressing regret for the offensive characterization and promising to withdraw the book from the market.

“We write to you with utmost sincerity and regret regarding the recent controversy surrounding our publication’s portrayal of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It has come to our attention that labelling him among the ‘most evil men in history’ is not only inaccurate but also deeply offensive to many individuals and communities. We acknowledge the gravity of our mistake and recognize that such mischaracterizations not only undermine truth and justice but also perpetuate harmful stereotypes. We understand the importance of rectifying this error swiftly and unequivocally,” the apology letter received by Wilayat Times states.

The publisher emphasised their commitment to accuracy and sensitivity in future publications, pledging to issue formal corrections and apologies.