After ban on books, 3 writers booked for ‘distorting’ Sikh historical past

After ban on books, 3 writers booked for ‘distorting’ Sikh historical past

Tribune Information Service

Vishav Bharti

Chandigarh, Could 14

On the advice of the federal government, the Mohali police have registered an FIR in opposition to the publishers and authors of the three college historical past books which had allegedly portrayed the Sikhs in poor gentle and carried factually incorrect info concerning the liberty motion.

Final month, the three books — ‘ABC of Historical past of Punjab’ by Dr Manjit Singh Sodhi; ‘Historical past of Punjab’ by Dr Mahinderpal Kaur and ‘Historical past of Punjab’ by Dr MS Mann — had been banned by the Punjab Faculty Schooling Board (PSEB). These historical past books had been revealed by totally different Jalandhar-based publishers and prescribed within the curriculum of twelfth commonplace of the PSEB. The books had been in circulation for over a decade.

The FIR has been registered on the compliant of Sikh chief Baldev Singh Sirsa, who has been constantly holding a protest in entrance of the PSEB’s workplace. As per the FIR, Manjit Singh Sodhi, Mahinderpal Kaur, MS Mann and several other ‘unidentified individuals’ have been booked underneath Part 295-A (outraging spiritual emotions), 153-A (spreading disharmony), 504 (insulting somebody deliberately) and 120-B (hatching felony conspiracy) of the IPC.

Following an inquiry report of the PSEB, the state authorities advisable the registeration of the FIR. Earlier, the PSEB had introduced to repair the accountability of officers who had been on the helm of affairs on the time when the three controversial books had been allowed to he notified by the board. Considerably, the difficulty has been occurring for the previous two and a half months. When in Opposition, the Aam Aadmi Get together had demanded banning of the books. Then MLA and now Speaker Kultar Sandhawan had additionally joined the protest in February.

Publishers worry throttling of voice

The Punjab Publishers’ Affiliation has mentioned the federal government goes to set a fallacious precedent by going after publishers and writers. They feared throttling of the liberty of expression in Punjab. Harish Jain, a Chandigarh-based writer and office-bearer of the affiliation, mentioned: “Writing historical past books is a painstaking work. The dearth of dependable materials and sources are different obstacles…. Legal motion will solely weaken the publishing business.”

In 2018, govt deliberate stricter guidelines

In 2018, the state authorities had proposed modification to the Part 295-A (outraging spiritual emotions), of IPC, which had struck worry within the minds of publishers and writers. Incarceration for sacrilege had been enhanced from two years to 10 years. The modification had supplied for all times imprisonment for sacrilege. Nevertheless, the modification did not get the Centre’s nod.

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