Apologize to Sikh community: Badal tells Amarinder
"The mere withdrawal of the history book which launches a brazen assault on the sacred image of the great Sikh Guru Sahiban, especially Guru Arjan Dev, Guru Hargobind, Guru Tegh Bahadur and the 10th Guru, Gobind Singh, is not enough. The chief minister should own responsibility for this grave sin and apologize to the Khalsa Panth and seek its forgiveness immediately," Badal said.
He said that the Congress government's refusal to bring the perpetrators, including the chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, to book indicated that "there was a deep-rooted conspiracy to distort Sikh history and through it, strike at the very core of the Sikh religion".
Badal said no Sikh could tolerate the claim as written in the new book that Guru Gobind Singh fled from Chamkaur Sahib without informing anyone and that the Mughals did not order the martyrdom of the fifth Guru, Arjan Dev, but had merely "fined" him.
The former chief minister said all these distortions occurred after the Punjab government was forced to remove similar sacrilegious material from the same books following which chief minister Amarinder Singh formed a committee to prepare new history books for Class 11th and 12th.