Won’t ap­proach SGPC for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, says his­to­rian Kir­pal Singh

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB -

CHANDI­GARH: A day af­ter the Shi­ro­mani Gur­d­wara Par­band­hak Com­mit­tee (SGPC) ter­mi­nated ser­vices of Kir­pal Singh as di­rec­tor of its Sikh his­tory project, the his­to­rian said he would not ap­proach the SGPC for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Kir­pal Singh, who was head­ing a project of trans­lat­ing Su­raj Parkash Granth, said he will com­plete the pend­ing work and keep it to him­self. He has pub­lished 22 vol­umes of the Su­raj Parkash Granth, com­plet­ing works up to the ninth Sikh master Guru Teg Ba­hadur. Cur­rently, he’s work­ing on Guru Gobind Singh.

Su­raj Parkash Granth a po­etic clas­sic was writ­ten by San­tokh Singh in 19th cen­tury in Braj Bhasha, which traces lives of the gu­rus and preach­ers.

Kir­pal Singh will con­tinue to head the state govern­ment’s syl­labus com­mit­tee that pre­pared the con­tro­ver­sial Pun­jab School Ed­u­ca­tion Board Class 12 his­tory book. How­ever, the his­to­rian re­jected the Akalis claim of dis­crep­an­cies in the book.

The SAD and SGPC de­manded res­ig­na­tion of CM Cap­tain Amarinder Singh and reg­is­tra­tion of a case against syl­labus com­mit­tee for “dis­tort­ing” the Sikh his­tory.

Re­act­ing to the re­marks by SGPC pres­i­dent that Su­raj Parkash Granth would be re­viewed, Kir­pal Singh said he was open to any kind of scru­tiny.

He said the SGPC and the SAD have politi­cised the mat­ter be­cause he was ap­pointed head of the syl­labus com­mit­tee while he was work­ing on the SGPC project. “Even if SGPC has re­moved me, I have a lot of to do for the Sikh Panth,” he said.

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