NCERT removes portions on ‘Khalistan’, ‘Separate Sikh Nation’ from class 12 political science book

NCERT said an expert committee was formed to investigate the complaint and the decision was made on recommendation.

The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has removed certain parts of Class 12 Political Science textbooks that mention Khalistan, or a separate Sikh nation. This was done after a decision by the expert committee.

NCERT removed these parts from the textbooks after receiving a letter from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, asking it to “remove objectionable content” against the Sikh community from the text, as it “misrepresents the Resolution of Anandpur Sahib”.

The NCERT, which is the main advisory body to the Center and States for school education, said an expert committee was formed to investigate the complaint and the decision was made on recommendation.

“From the last sentence of the third paragraph under the subheading ‘Punjab’ the line ‘…but could also be interpreted as a request for a separate Sikh nation’ is removed. Just before this line, the statement given is rewritten as ‘The Resolution was a plea to strengthen federalism in India.’ In the same section (Subheading ‘Punjab’), from the last sentence of the fourth paragraph, ‘…and the creation of Khalistan’ is deleted,โ€ NCERT said in a official statement.

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The NCERT also said that an electronic copy of the Class 12 Political Science textbook with updates was uploaded to the official website. Earlier this month, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee head Harjinder Singh Dhami stated that NCERT recorded “misleading information” about the Anandpur Sahib resolution in Chapter 8, namely Regional Aspirations, of his book “Politics in India since independence”, which has hurt feelings. of the whole community.

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He also explained the 1973 resolution and said that it spoke of the rights of the state and the strengthening of the federal structure. “It is not entirely justified to portray Sikhs as separatists, so NCERT should remove such objectionable mentions,” Dhami said.

In the subsection titled “Punjab” in the class 12 textbook Politics in India since Independence, the text discussed the Anandpur Sahib Resolution of 1973, which called for greater autonomy for the Punjab region.

โ€œThe resolution was a call to strengthen federalism. But it could also be interpreted as a plea for a separate Sikh nation,” the NCERT textbook reads. Now the second sentence has been removed from the bo

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