SAD demands arrest of Committee members who authored PSEB class 12 History book with derogatory references to Sikh Gurus
(Also wants case registered against CM)
Amritsar, October 27 – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today demanded immediate arrest of all Committee members who authored and passed chapters of the Class twelve Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) History book besides registration of a case against chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh who instituted the expert Committee. A resolution to this effect was passed at a meeting of SGPC members including its president Gobind Singh Longowal, legislators, district presidents and senior party leaders here. It also said due action, including registration of criminal case, should also be taken against the PSEB Chairman Manohar Kant Kalohia, for hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community by releasing chapters which contained derogatory references to the Sikh Gurus and Dharmik Granths.
Presiding over the meeting the SAD president said it was intolerable that the Congress government had neither taken action as per provision of the law against Committee members who had prepared the five chapters released online to students nor withdrawn the extremely objectionable matter till now. “Now we will not rest till criminal cases are not registered against Committee members as well as all others responsible for this grave sin against the Sikh community”, he added.
Demanding immediate withdrawal of the new class twelve book and its five chapters, Mr Badal said it was surprising that the Congress government did not react on the issue even after the issue was flagged off by civil society. He said the release of this new matter seemed to part of a sinister attempt to distort historical facts related to the Sikh Gurus and dharmic granths. He said the Congress government was depriving the younger generations from their history and culture by putting misleading and wrong facts about Guru Sahibans and Sikh religion into their history books. He said these included a reference that the tenth Guru Sahib looted a village named Alishan to show displeasure to Bhim Chand. He said even facts about the martyrdom of Shri Guru Arjan Dev ji were distorted to give the false impression that Guru Sahib was just physically tortured after his punishment was converted into fine and not executed by the Mughal ruler. “Apart from this, utter disrespect was shown toward the Gurus by not writing their names in the proper manner is unforgivable”, he added. EOM