SAD condemns deletion of Sikh Gurus from 12th class history book

The Shiromani AKali Dal (SAD) today demanded a high level probe and stern action against officials guilty of deleting chapters related to the era of Sikh Gurus from the twelfth standard history book of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).

Former Education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, who also wrote a letter in this regard to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, said it was shocking that the State’s own school board had expunged the history makers of Punjab from the history books of Punjab.

Calling for a thorough probe into the issue, Dr Cheema said the move could be part of a deep rooted conspiracy to rob the future generations of Punjabis from knowledge about the history of Sikh Gurus and Sikh warriors of Punjab. He said corrective measures should be undertaken immediately including ban on sale and distribution of the new class twelve history book.

Divulging details about this unfortunate development, the SAD leader said there were 23 chapters carrying information about Sikh Gurus, Sikh warriors and historical facts about Punjab in the class twelve history book. He said all these chapters had been removed illogically and replaced with a half page description about the glorious period of Sikh history.

“This is intolerable as it amounts to playing with the sentiments of the Sikh community and purposefully ignoring the contributions of the Sikh gurus in the history of the country”. Dr Cheema said the new book had also done injustice with Punjabis by ignoring their stellar role in the freedom struggle as well as their contributions to safeguard the unity and integrity of the country.

The former education minister also requested the chief minister to constitute a high level committee of experts to give suggestions especially when there was any move to make changes in history books of the State school board. He said if this had been done the current condemnable incident could have been avoided.

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