Amritsar: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex religious body of the Sikhs has sought an apology from Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh over deletion of chapters on Sikh history from the syllabus of Class XII.
SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said the state government should rectify its “anti-Sikh” approach as the history of Punjab was incomplete without mentioning the contribution of Sikh Gurus’ teachings, Anglo-Sikh wars, Maharaja Ranjit Singh era and annexation of Punjab, reads a note in The Tribune.
“These most important aspects of Sikh history have been removed from the Class XII history books. Being the head of the state, Capt Amarinder Singh should apologise from the Sikh community. We demand that the revised textbook should be banned and re-introduced with the original text on the Sikh history,” he added.
The deletion of 23 chapters from the Class XII history book of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) — pertaining to important aspects of the Sikh history— has raised a storm in the state.
The PSEB, after reviewing the syllabus, has reportedly removed the chapters concerning the history of Sikh gurus and their teachings — Anglo-Sikh wars; the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and annexation of Punjab among others, from the textbook.