FIR against writers, publishers of controversial Class 12 history books

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: Police here Saturday filed an FIR against the authors and publishers of controversial Class 12 history books for alleged misrepresentation of facts.

The case was filed on a complaint by social activist Baldev Singh Sirsa, who alleged that the said books contained remarks that are inconsistent with Sikh history.

The FIR was registered under Sections 295A, 153A, 504 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at the Phase 4 Police Station at Mohali.

Those named in the FIR include Manijit Singh Sodhi (Writer of Modern ABC of History of Punjab), Modern Publishers, Mahinder Pal Kaur- Modern Book Depot and MS Mann (Writer of History of Punjab) Raj Publishers.

“The FIR had been registered but left out many people, including publishers as well as officials who had given the books their approval. The books have been published since 1998, so action should be taken against the writers, publishers as well as members of the Review Committee, Academic Council and Board of Trustees, who endorsed the book,” said Sirsa, President of the Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society. .

Sirsa had protested outside the PSEB office in Mohali demanding action against those who allowed these books to be part of the program.

The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) in its report on alleged distortions in a Grade 12 history textbook, in use since 1998, found ‘factual discrepancies’ in it. The survey was conducted by Inder Pal Singh Malhotra, a former Special Duty Officer to the Chief Education Officer of Punjab.

The PSEB banned three books related to Punjab history for misrepresentation, based on an investigation report submitted in March.

Former Punjab Education Minister Pargat Singh had ordered an investigation after several organizations and the Aam Aadmi Party, which was in opposition at the time, raised the issue of the alleged distortion of facts in a storybook for students in class 12.

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