In a serious allegation, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab on Saturday claimed that chapters on Sikh Gurus have been expunged from Class XII history books of the state education board.
The state government sensing the gravity of the allegations reacted promptly.
The Chief Minister Amarinder Singh himself came forward to dismiss as malicious the SAD’s allegation.
Earlier, SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema demanded a high-level probe into the alleged development in the Punjab School Education Board’s Class 12 history books.
He said that as per reports, there were 23 chapters carrying information about Sikh Gurus, Sikh warriors and historical facts about Punjab in the Class 12 history book.
But the content has now been replaced with a half-page description about the glorious period of the Sikh history.
However, the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh termed the opposition as irresponsible and making a baseless public statement without bothering to check the facts.
It is now being said that the courses had merely been realigned with the NCERT syllabus to enable the students from Punjab to compete at the national level.
But, he said, the whole of the content has been retained and not a single chapter or word has been deleted.>