The Delhi MLA and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) General Secretary Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa has urged Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar to include chapters on Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ji in Education syllabus of the state.
In a letter written to the Haryana CM, Mr. Sirsa said that he was shocked to know that chapters on Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji has been excluded from school syllabus of Haryana Education Board. He said that this information had hurt the sentiments of the not only members of the sikh community but all the positive thinkers as Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji had sacrificed his life for the sake of humanity and for saving lives of Kashmiri Pandits. He said that this decision has not gone well with the all peace loving people settled in the country as well as in other nations of the world.
Mr. Sirsa that it was also most unfortunate that this decision has come at a time when the Prime Minister has himself ordered to NCERT and other education boards to include chapters on Chaar Sahibzade in the syllabus. He said that when efforts are being made at highest level to include chapter concerning the humanity and supreme sacrifices, Haryana has chosen to exclude chatper on Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji about whom the PM had declared that if Guru Sahib would not have given his sacrifice then India of today would not have been there.
He urged the Chief Minister to urgently order restoration of the same and chapters as prevalent earlier should be included in included in the Haryana school syllabus.
Mr. Sirsa also urged him to include a chapter on Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ji in the education syllabus of the state. He said that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was the first Sovereign ruler of Northern India who fought a prolonged fight against the cruel Mughals, who were practising their tyranny, forceful religion conversion and terrorism. He further informted that on reaching Haryana & Punjab, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was well received by Hindus and Sikhs as a leader of the nationalist movement and deputy of Guru Gobind Singh. Liberal offerings were made to him by common man for the noble cause of the country and dharam (religion and virtue) which he distributed among poor and needy. He won & made Lohgarh his capital from 1710 to 1716 (a historic town in Bilaspur tehsil of Yamunanagar..District of Haryana)..
He said that it is very painful to see that there is no chapter on him in Haryana School Text books despite he was a secular leader who uplifted the poor & made the country pride.
He urged him to order inclusion of chapter on him at appropriate levels in education syllabus.