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History debate Sukhbir Singh Badal joins issue with CM

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Chandigarh , 06 May 2018

The SAD president and former Punjab Deputy CM, Sukhbir Singh Badal today reiterated that his party and its allies wanted the government to undo the damage inflicted on imparting Sikh history to the students of the Board class 12 and to restore all the  23 chapters deleted from the syllabus of that class. “ For us, it is a very solemn religious, academic and emotional issue. There is no scope for anyone to play  politics with this sensitive and serious issues concerning the history and heritage bequeathed to us by the great Guru Sahiban.”In a statement here,    the SAD president said , “ We want the outrage  against Sikh history to be undone. The statement of  the  Punjab Chief Minister  Captain Amarinder Singh yesterday represents an implied acknowledgement of the fact that  grave injustice  has been done to the Punjab and the Sikh history, heritage, religion, culture and legacy. Although he has not said so in so many words, but it is clear now that he no longer sees any justification in the drastic and dangerous changes brought in the history syllabus for class 12 . For the first time now, he has even talked about the need to review the decision to delete and expunge Sikh history from the academically significant and Board-monitored  exam of Class 12.  There is no justification for shifting the study of  of this momentous part of history including the history of the great Guru Sahiban and Sikh icons  from the senior and professionally important class 12 to  class 11 the exams for which are monitored locally by school managements. 

“The immense academic significance of Class 12 can not be compared with the  locally monitored class 11. Deleted chapters of history must therefore be restored to Class 12 syllabus,” said the Akali president.The deletion of Sikh history for  senior  students smacked of a conspiracy to destroy  the roots of our religious and cultural legacy for the present and future generations of our children. That is unacceptable and will never be tolerated,” said Mr. Badal in a statement here this afternoon.Mr Badal said that although Captain Singh has not stated it   categorically yet,   his statement of yesterday shows that he is “feeling the pressure of harsh truth against him”  and had finally been forced to see the writing on the wall. He will have to accept the position maintained by all eminent Sikh historians, academicians, opinion makers and also by the SAD-BJP.  Instead of wrongly and stoutly defending the deletion of Sikh history as he was doing till yesterday, the CM  must and will have to accept the demand for restoration of the old pattern for class 12. He has talked about the need and possibility of a review of the controversial changes brought about  in this regards .  But we will judge him by his concrete action. All the 23 chapters on Sikh history which have been deleted from Class 12 must be restored in that very class immediately so that students do not suffer. Till then, our demand and struggle will continue, ” said Mr Badal.Mr. Badal said that  instead of passing the buck,    the CM should  tell the people of Punjab the whole truth that   the changes in the  syllabus for class 12  have been made during the tenure of his government.” The history of  each one of the great Guru Sahibaan  was being  taught in class 12  during 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and even last year. The  disastrous changes  are being made only this year.  How can the CM  blame the previous govt for decisions taken and implemented by his own govt this year?”asked Mr Badal. 

Mr Badal refused to comment on the “remarks of petty and personal nature” made by the CM against  him  ( Sukhbir Singh Badal),  especially the   CM’s “boastfulness over his own knowledge of Sikh history.  “ One does not have to an academician to grasp the boundless significance of the teaching of Sikh history to our children. Every child born in Punjab knows its  significance by heart.  But isn’t it  strange and ironical that Captain Amarinder Singh , himself an author and scholar of Sikh history, has   as Chief minister presided over the murder of the history of Punjab and in particular the history of the advent and rise of the great Sikh religion and the great Guru Sahiban.  If Captain Singh were an ignorant man, he could be given the benefit of doubt. But ironically his own claims of  being  a historian have put him in the history’s dock. History never forgives those who try to distort or destroy  it.”Referring to Captain Singh’s latest statement in which  the Chief Minister “has expressed his willingness to  review the whole issue” ,  Mr. Badal said that this stand of the CM was diametrically opposed to his earlier stand in which he had strongly  but without the least justification defended the  decision under his government to “play havouc with the glorious and unmatched history of the brave and patriotic Sikh community. Earlier, he had fiercely  defended the deletion of   23 chapters on Sikh history from the professionally significant Class 12,  claiming that these were not being dropped, deleted or expunged but only  being adjusted in the lower class 11.”Mr Badal strongly re-iterated that the entire Sikh history which had been thrown out must be retained in the Class 12,  as this Class is monitored by the Board and  therefore it has much greater professional significance in a students career than the locally monitored  Class 11.”Mr Badal said that this was and is the real issue, and not adjusting  class 12 chapters in class 11. 


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