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AAP calls for immediate ban on ‘controversial’ Class XII books

Demanding the immediate removal and banning of controversial Class XII history textbooks, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday launched serious allegations against Akali Dal Badal-BJP and Congress governments of tampering with Sikh history .

“A large-scale and calculated conspiracy has been hatched to distort facts about Sikh history, Sikh Gurus, Gurubani and the history of Punjab and its martyrs,” the AAP spokesperson said and MP Kultar Singh Sandhwan. He said that this misinformation and distorted facts are served to the new generation but the Congress, Captain and SAD-BJP governments don’t care as they only think about making money from the “book mafia”, in collaboration with private publishing houses; and that is why a book, with so many errors, is sold for Rs 400 to pupils of class XII. Sandhwan demanded the immediate removal of these books from the program and the banning of books by Prof. Manjit Singh, Dr. AC Arora and Dr. MS Mann, all published by private publications.

The PAA Chief also sought clarification from Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab Congress Speaker Navjot Singh Sidhu, Education Minister Pargat Singh, Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, former Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla, to former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, former Deputy Chief Minister. and SAD Chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal including other Congress members and Akali Dal (Badal) politicians on whether Guru Hargobind Ji served in Mughal leader Jahangir’s army after he freed 52 kings from Gwalior fort.

“So says AC Arora on page 81 of his book ‘History of Punjab’. Do the ruling government and academics agree with this statement? If not, why are these books still part of the school curriculum and why are (previous governments) silent on controversial remarks? ” He asked. Sandhwan added, “Dr. Mann’s book states that Guru Hargobind was forced to pick up the sword by the jatts of Punjab. Aren’t such comments a direct attack on Miri-Piri’s resolve? The Congress and the Akali (Badal) should also clarify this. Likewise, it is said that Guru Gobind Singh trained Khalsa Panth to include jatts in his army which is not only wrong but also intolerable.

He also pointed out that Gurbani quoted in these books is full of spelling mistakes, which changes its meaning and is a disrespect towards Gurbani. The Sandhwan also expressed surprise at the silence of Akal Takht Jathedar and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on the matter, when so many written complaints are filed in this regard.

Further pointing out that these books also contain misinformation about the freedom fighters and martyrs of Punjab, Sandhwan fears that the incorporation of these controversial books into school teaching could be a bigger conspiracy to distort our history by easily influencing our young minds. “This is academic fraud and such books should be banned immediately,” he demanded.

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