3 history books with distorted facts about Punjab banned | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) banned three Punjab history books on Saturday based on investigative reports that found distorted facts in the books.
Punjab Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer tweeted on Sunday that Sikh history is invaluable to everyone and future generations. He said that distorted facts were presented on Sikh history in Class XII books and on the instructions of the Chief Minister of Punjab that he ordered to ban the books and take action against the authors and guilty editors.
These books, which were taught to students in Class XII, include ‘ABC of History of Punjab’ written by Manjit Singh Sodhi, ‘History of Punjab’ by Mahinderpal Kaur and ‘History of Punjab’ by MS Mann. All these books were published by Jalandhar based publishing houses.
Baldev Singh Sirsa, a peasant leader and social activist based in Amritsar, and Lakha Sidhana, a gangster turned social activist, had raised objections to various facts about the Sikh gurus mentioned in these history books that Punjabi public school students were reading. Subsequently, the then Minister of School Education, Pargat Singh, ordered an investigation into the books in February.
PSEB Chairman Jograj had constituted an investigation under the former Special Duty Office (OSD) to Director General of School Education Inder Pal Singh Malhotra to examine the contents of these books. Malhotra had submitted his report to the PSEB last month.
The PSEB also ordered an investigation into the content of another book written by AC Arora and three other authors that was being sold without PSEB approval. The chairman of the PSEB said that appropriate action would be taken against the culprits based on the results of the investigation report.

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