History book row: Khaira says, Capt Amarinder is acting  upon BJP’s hidden agenda

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Chandigarh: APP MLA and Leader of opposition in Punjab assembly Sukhpal Khaira on Wednesday leveled grave charges against chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on acting upon BJP’s hidden agenda.

File Photo: Sukhpal Khaira

He said Capt Amarinder Singh is playing the BJP’s game by removing chapters on Sikh gurus from the history textbooks in the state.

“The chapters on Sikh history have been deleted. The chief minister is telling lies when he claims that chapters have shifted to Class 11 history book. There is a hidden agenda. He is acting like a pawn,” Khaira said.

The AAP leader alleged that Amarinder had never spoken against the BJP and was also doing things at their behest, claiming that the CM was acting in this manner because of cases filed against his son-in-law and son, reads a note in The Tribune.

Demanding a white paper on changes made in history books, Khaira said there were 22 chapters on Punjab history in the earlier Class-12 book, but only two chapters, ‘Towards Sikh Rule’ and ‘Punjab under British Rule’, had been devoted in the new book. “The history book has been reduced to 182 pages from 300 pages earlier. Only 20 pages have been devoted to Punjab history,” he said, flashing a copy of a history book of a private publisher.

He urged the government to allow the older books this year and set up a committee of educationists to deliberate on history syllabus and books. “The CM says that chapters on Sikh history have been shifted to Class 11 book. The proposed book has only six chapters. And, where is that book? I don’t think anyone has seen it,” he said.

 

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