Patiala: As per the media reports the SGPC sub-committee claimed that facts have been distorted in the Class XII history text books of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), and chapters on Sikh Gurus omitted.
According to Hindustan Times sub-committee has demanded that all the changes in the book be withdrawn and two SGPC representatives be appointed as experts for the syllabus committee.
The six-member sub-committee was formed to probe the alleged deletion of chapters on Sikh gurus from the book.
“The panel has demanded that all the chapters on Sikh Gurus should be reintroduced in the book and other changes to which the Sikh masses have raised objections should be removed,” said a member of the sub-committee.
Harjinder Kaur, member of sub—committee also sought a ban on the book, alleging a conspiracy behind the alterations. She claimed that ‘Ram Bhakti’ movement has been given primacy in the book. Pointing to another ‘distortion’, the panel members pointed out that three, instead of five baptized Sikhs, were shown with Banda Singh Bahadur in the book. Similarly, the word ‘appointment’ has been used in place of the ‘anointment’ of Guru Angad Dev to the ‘gurgaddi’.
Sub-committee claimed that Prof Paramvir Singh, who is member of SGPC’s Sikh history research board, was also not shown the matter drafted for the book and hence the errors were committed. Prof Singh from the department of encyclopaedia of Sikhism at Punjabi University, Patiala, claimed that he was hired by the state government to look into the matter but was not shown the drafted matter before uploading the book on the internet. The SGPC probe panel also quizzed him on Wednesday during its meeting over the history textbook, reads a note in Times of Indai.
Coordinator of the PSEB for history syllabus Seema Chawla refused to comment on allegations of not taking the SGPC into the loop. She further said, “We have honestly made efforts for students and not for any politics. Students have read only guides for the last many years but we made an honest approach in this academic work.”
As per directions of the SGPC president, Gobind Singh Longowal, the sub-committee members—SGPC members Surinder Singh from Anandpur Sahib and Harjinder Kaur from Chandigarh, SGPC director for education Jatinder Singh Sidhu, SGPC education secretary Avtar Singh Saimpla, principal of Guru Nanak Girls College, Muktsar, Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal and SGPC additional secretary for Dharam Parchar Committee Simarjit Singh— held a meeting at the Panth Rattan Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Institute in Patiala on Wednesday.