History Books Row: Sukhbir, Longowal to sit on dharna

Chandigarh October 31- Shiromani Akali Dal President Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal today appealed to all right-thinking people of the country in general and the Sikh masses, in particular, to join the
fight against the Congress govt’s conspiracy to cast ” persistent, repeated and deliberate” insults against the great Guru Sahiban through the history textbooks for 10 Plus 2 students in Punjab,”
Mr Badal declared that a ” massive struggle would be launched to force the Punjab Chief Minister er Captain Amarinder Singh and the Congress party government in the state to apologise to the Khalsa
Panth for repeatedly and deliberately insulting the Sikh Guru Sahiban by teaching to the children in Punjab the hateful version of the Gur-itihas ( the history of the great Gurus) as prepared by the
tyrannical Mughals. The struggle would commence by performing Ardas at Shri Akal Takht Sahib tomorrow morning. A 48-hour long protest dharna would commence after that in which the SAD president would sit for the first 24 hours at Amritsar sahib from tomorrow. This will be followeby the SGPC chief Jathedar Gobind SIngh Longowal joining the dharna for the next 24 hours. The next phase of the struggle would be announced at the conclusion of the dharna in case the Congress government did not apologise nor punished the guilty of this heinous crime, said Mr Badal. ” The spirit of the Mughals against whose repression the Gurus had fought and made supreme sacrifices has entered the minds and bodies of the Congress leaders. That is why they are going out of their way in insisting on teaching to the children in Punjab the sacrilegious Mughal version of the history of the Great Gurus. The old and the new textbooks prepared by the Punjab School Education Board includes the same hostile falsehoods which the Mughals preached against the SikhGuru Sahiban. The most shocking thing is the Congress government persists with this false and hostile version despite massive opposition from the Khalsa Panth,” said Mr Sukhbir SIngh Badal in a statement here this evening..Mr Badal also repeated the demand for exemplary punishment to all those responsible for casting insults against the great Gurus through blasphemous versions of history.” Mr Badal said that mere withdrawal of the repeatedly sacrilegious text-books was not enough to atone for the grave sin of casting insults against the great Gurus.Mr Badal said that the massive struggle to force the government to apologise and to punish those guilty of the heinous crime would start by performing Ardas at Shri Akal Takhat Sahib in Sri Amritsar Sahib
tomorrow morning.

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