FOUR MEMBERS of an oversight committee, constituted to review the Class 12 history book of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), Thursday termed the “controversy”, raised by Shiromani Akali Dal, a “political stunt”.
“The work of reviewing the history book is on, but some people are trying to make a controversy by distorting the facts,” said Dr Kirpal Singh, one of the four committee members who held a press meet at the PSEB headquarters on Thursday.
During the press conference by the four members, including Dr J S Grewal, Dr Prithipal Singh Kapoor and Dr Indu Banga, they said that they did not have any affiliation to any political party.
The oversight committee members said that they had already recommended that new history books should not be introduced for the academic session of 2018-2019. In its first meeting, the oversight committee had recommended that the old history books should be taught during the current academic session,” Dr Kirpal said.
Clarifying the issue that the word ‘Jyoti Jot’ was used instead of ‘Shaheed’ for ninth Sikh Guru, Teg Bahadur, the committee members said that the word was used by many Sikh historians.
The committee said that eminent Sikh poet Bhai Gurdas also used ‘Jyoyi Jot’ for the Sikh gurus. Dr Prithipal said that there were some technical mistakes during the translation and the work to rectify these was on. “All the committee members are known historians and masters in their field,” he said. Dr J S Grewal said that when the book was reviewed, two Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee members were also present and all the changes were made with their consent.