SGPC sacks Kir­pal Singh as Sikh his­tory project di­rec­tor

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AF­TER SHI­RO­MANI AKALI DAL AND SGPC UPPED THE ANTE AGAINST THE STATE GOVT OVER THE BOOK, KRIPAL HAD RE­JECTED CLAIMS OF ANY DISCREPANCY

The Shi­ro­mani Gur­d­wara Par­band­hak Com­mit­tee on Fri­day ter­mi­nated ser­vices of his­to­rian Kir­pal Singh as di­rec­tor of its Sikh his­tory project hold­ing him re­spon­si­ble for al­leged dis­tor­tions in Class 12 Pun­jab School Ed­u­ca­tion Board’s his­tory textbook.

Kir­pal Singh heads the state govern­ment’s syl­labus com­mit­tee that pre­pared the book with the al­leged con­tro­ver­sial con­tent. Af­ter Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) and SGPC upped the ante against the state govern­ment over the book, Kripal had re­jected claims of any discrepancy.

“In­stead of jus­ti­fy­ing the blun­der com­mit­ted by the com­mit­tee headed by him, he should have apol­o­gised to the com­mu­nity. How­ever, he did not do so. So, the SGPC has re­solved to sack him as head of the project af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with var­i­ous Sikh bod­ies”, SGPC pres­i­dent Gobind Singh Lon­gowal told re­porters here.

The SGPC also passed a res­o­lu­tion ask­ing Pun­jab chief min­is­ter Amarinder Singh to apol­o­gize for the con­tro­ver­sial con­tents in the Class 12 text­books.

“This is a grave sin that has been com­mit­ted by dis­tort­ing Sikh his­tory. The re­spon­si­bil­ity for this lies on the CM. He should apol­o­gize to the Sikh com­mu­nity,” Lon­gowal said.

The SGPC had ear­lier de­manded reg­is­tra­tion of a case and ar­rest of the ex­pert com­mit­tee mem­bers and oth­ers con­nected with the pub­li­ca­tion of the text­books.

Lon­gowal, who con­ducted meet­ing at Teja Singh Sa­mundri Hall, the head­quar­ters of the SGPC, said they would soon ap­point the new di­rec­tor of the project. Apart from the heads of the Sikh bod­ies, var­i­ous Sikh schol­ars and aca­demi­cians also at­tended the meet­ing.

Kir­pal Singh

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