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Last updated on July 2nd, 2017 at 08:16 am

From Peter Roebuck’s Saturday column:

Yes, India has its castes and colours. It is imperfect. But it has also had in recent years a Sikh president, a Muslim prime minister and a white, female, Catholic divorcee leading its main political party. Other nations should be as lucky.

A white, female, Catholic divorcee? Sonia Gandhi is Rajiv Gandhi’s widow, but has never been divorced. You’d think an apology would be due. But one day after publication, the Sydney Morning Herald version of Roebuck’s column was sneakily changed instead:

But it has also had in recent years a Sikh prime minister, a Muslim president and a white, female, Catholic widow leading its main political party.

Clearly caught out – blogger Street Car noticed the original error – Roebuck and his team have resorted to blatant tampering. Peter Roebuck must be sacked.

UPDATE. Alert reader RR emails: “There is another mistake in that very same sentence—two mistakes, in a way. In recent years India has had a Sikh Prime Minister and a Muslim President, not a Sikh Prez and Muslim PM as Roebuck has it. Manmohan Singh, the current PM, is Sikh. And A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a Muslim, was President between 2002 and last year. He was actually India’s third Muslim president and well-loved mostly for his role as a scientist in developing India’s nukes program. Anyway, point is that Roebuck got three things wrong in a single sentence. He’s a repeat offender!”

Three things wrong in a single sentence? He’s another Chris Sheil!

Posted by Tim B. on 02/05/2008 at 07:51 PM
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