Hindus say that recently out 23rd edition of prestigious Royal Spanish
Academy Dictionary of the Spanish Language reportedly labeling gypsies as
liars and cheats is appalling.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA)
today, said that branding the entire community of about 15-million gypsies
as liars and cheats was racism and highly prejudicial and such attitudes
should have no place in 21st century Europe.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that Academy
should offer public apology over this issue; and recall all the printed,
electronic and digital copies of the dictionary and come out with a revised
Describing “gypsy” as synonymous with cheating and lying was highly
hurtful, offensive and damaging to gypsy communities who had been in Europe
since ninth century CE, Rajan Zed pointed out.
Zed urged His Majesty the King Felipe VI and Her Majesty the Queen Letizia
of Spain not to associate with such an Academy which was attempting to
legitimize stereotypes and marginalize an already highly persecuted
community in Europe through its dictionary.
Rajan Zed urged Pope Francis to come out strongly against this belittling
of the entire community of gypsies as one of the main purposes of religion
was to help the helpless. European Union should also intervene, Zed added.
Renowned Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Espanola), headquartered in
Madrid, is considered to be the ultimate authority on Spanish in Spain and
other Spanish speaking countries. Jose Manuel Blecua is the Director. This
reference work of the Academy is said to be already in the bookstores in
Spain and other countries.