Ludhiana: SAD leader and Union cabinet minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has called the decision of the Punjab government to remove chapters of Sikh history from Class-12 text book as shameful.
“Can you imagine a chief minister of Punjab removing Sikh history? Who is going to promote Sikhism then? This is shameful. Either the CM is misled or he is lying, totally to save himself”, reads a quote in Hindustan Times.
In the city as the chief guest at the convocation of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, she told media “On opening the book, the preface says that we are grateful to education secretary, Krishan Kumar. They (this government) appointed Kumar. How are they saying that the Akalis did it?”
She said, “Captain Amarinder Singh, being a Sikh himself, has allowed the dilution of ‘Sikh History’ from the books of history.
“No issues were raised on the book from 2013-16. Why is there the hue and cry now? That’s because they (the Congress government) has removed chapters on Sikh history altogether. Sikh history is taught from Class-5. After cutting out portions of this, they are saying it that this was decided during the tenure of the Akalis. It is absurd,” she claimed.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has set up a sub-committee to conduct a probe into the deletion of chapters of Sikh history from Class-12 text book that the Punjab School Education Board prescribes.