Punjab bans three history books, CM orders action against authors and publishers


The Punjab government on Sunday banned three ‘objectionable’ history books – ‘Modern ABC of History of Punjab’ authored by Manjit Singh Sodhi; a history book by Mahinder Pal Kaur and MS Mann’s ‘History of Punjab’ for Class XII – for allegedly misrepresenting facts related to Sikh history.
At the same time, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann also ordered actions against its writers and publishers.
The ban came after five years of continuous protests by Sikh scholars, activists and agricultural leaders, among others over the misrepresentation of facts in said books which were part of the school curriculum. The books, threatened with banning, were published by different publishers based in Jalandhar.
Sharing the information on Twitter, the state’s Education Minister, Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, tweeted in Punjabi on Sunday: “Sikh history is invaluable to us all and also to future generations. Erroneous facts regarding Sikh history have been presented in Class Book XII “History of Punjab”… As instructed by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, irders have been issued to take action against guilty authors and publishers , in addition to banning the book.”
The decision to ban these books was taken following a report by a commission of inquiry, which was formed following a complaint by peasant leader Baldev Singh Sirsa. In her complaint, Sirsa said the books contained language that was inconsistent with Sikh history.
Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Chairman Yograj Singh said that the school education department mainly accepted the contents of the investigation report with the instructions that these books should be banned from sale and not be taught in Punjab state schools.


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