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October 1, 2022

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Punjab: Ban on sale and study of three 12th class books related to history, decision after examining the subject matter

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There are some comments in the books, which are not correct according to Sikh history, which hurt Sikh sentiments. After this its investigation was handed over to IPS Malhotra. It included three authors and publishers.

The Punjab government has banned the sale of three controversial 12th history books. These books will not be taught in state schools. Punjab School Education Board PSEB Chairman Prof. Confirming this, Yograj said that the subject matter of the books related to the history of Punjab of class 12th was investigated. These books were popular from 2007 to 2017. This investigation has been handed over to IPS Malhotra, the investigating officer of the board.

In this regard, Baldev Singh Sirsa had given a complaint to the Punjab School Education Board. He had said that there are some comments in the books, which are not correct according to Sikh history, which hurt Sikh sentiments. After this its investigation was handed over to IPS Malhotra. It included three authors and publishers. These include Dr. Manjit Singh Sodhi’s Modern ABC of History of Punjab, Modern Publishers Jalandhar, Dr. Mahinderpal Kaur’s History of Punjab Malhotra Book Depot (MBD) Jalandhar, MM Mann’s History of Punjab by Raj Publishers Jalandhar. After the report of the three books of the Investigating Officer came, the matter was sent to the Education Department. The government agreed to the investigation. After this, the sale of all three books was banned. The Board made the Director SCERT and all the District Education Officers aware of the above orders.

Four other books are also under investigation
The chairman said that while notifying the books till 2017 instructions have been given to fix the responsibility of the employees and officers working. Along with this, it has been decided to withdraw all such notifications which have been issued by PSEB regarding these books. Apart from this, IPS Malhotra is also investigating the history of Punjab published by Pradeep Publication of Jalandhar and Dr. AC Arora. Along with this, three other textbooks whose content is similar to the above textbooks have also been made a part of the investigation. Further action will be taken after the report in this regard is received. Action is going on at the government level on other aspects of the report as well.

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