The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has banned three books related to Punjab history for misrepresentation of facts, based on an investigation report submitted by the board in March.
The state education department, while mostly accepting the contents of the report, had issued instructions that the three books be banned from sale and not taught in schools in their current form. The investigation was opened following the complaint filed by social activist Baldev Singh Sirsa, who alleged that the said books contained language inconsistent with Sikh history.
The books in question are ‘Modern ABC of History of Punjab, written by Manjit Singh Sodhi and published by Modern Publisher, Jalandhar, ‘History of Punjab’ by
Mahinderpal Kaur from Malhotra Book depot, Jalandhar, and History of Punjab by MS Mann from Raj Publishers, Jalandhar.
PSEB had submitted its report regarding the distortions in the textbook “History of Punjab” for the Class 12 book in March. Inder Pal Singh Malhotra, a former Special Duty Officer (OSD) to the Director General of Education, Punjab, led the investigation.
“The state government orders have been passed to the Director of SCERT and all district education officials for compliance with immediate effect,” the PSEB chairman said in a statement.
Based on the findings of the investigation reports, various follow-up actions were ordered by the state government to determine the liability of various officers/officials who were in charge of affairs when these books were allowed to be notified by the council.
The investigation was ordered after several organizations and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) raised the issue of the misrepresentation of facts in the history book, as a result of which the former Minister of Education of Punjab, Pargat Singh, ordered the investigation.
In February, the AAP also called for the removal of a controversial history textbook for class 12, alleging “tampering with Sikh history”.
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PSEB said another investigation into the book “History of Punjab” written by AC Arora of Pardeep Publication and three other books with similar content, which although disbanded in 2017, is ongoing. “As the investigation report is received, it will be reviewed and a decision will be made accordingly,” the PSEB said.