Chandigarh – Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said here on Wednesday that the people who forget their history are forgotten by history. “Teaching of history to the present and the future generations of our children with impressionable minds is the sacred and the most serious responsibility of every society and every government. No society and no government which allows the history of its people to be treated as a matter of mere politicking or of winning petty arguments will be forgiven by history,” he said.Talking about the controversy raging around the ‘havoc played with history books meant for impressionable young minds of school children, Badal said: “The proper course on the issue was for the Chief Minister to immediately set up a committee comprising a team of credible and highly respected historians and be guided by their report instead of depending on the briefing by the very officers who were responsible for the mischief in the first place and have landed the CM in this ugly situation.”“In the meantime, Captain Singh should have ordered the restoration of the old syllabus and books so that the students did not suffer. There was no need at all for him to show such haste in jumping to the defense of his guilty officers,” said the former Chief Minister. “I have personally gone through all the relevant chapters and am convinced that there has been extensive and massive tampering with sensitive, crucial and prestigious parts of Sikh history,” he added.
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