A book which forms part of the Delhi University’s History curriculum calls Bhagat Singh a “revolutionary terrorist”, prompting the freedom fighter’s family to raise the issue with DU authorities as well as the HRD Ministry.
The book titled “India’s Struggle for Independence,” authored by historian Bipin Chandra and Mridula Mukherjee, mentions Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Surya Sen and others as “revolutionary terrorists” in Chapter 20.
The book also calls the Chittagong movement a ‘terrorist act’, while Sander’s killing has been called an ‘act of terrorism’.
Bhagat Singh’s family wrote a letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani seeking her intervention in this regard and demanded appropriate changes in the textbook.
The family members also met DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi on Wednesday. He assured them he would look into the matter.
“This is a very sad precedent that even after 68 years of Independence such words are used for the revolutionaries, who gave their lives for the freedom of the nation.
“The Britishers, who hanged Bhagat Singh, described him as ‘true revolutionary’ in their judgement, even they didn’t use words like terror or terrorism. Using such words for revolutionaries in an attempt to stir controversy is very unfortunate” the freedom fighter’s nephew Abhey Singh Sandhu told reporters.
Maintaining that the book is being taught in the history department as a “reference book” and not as a “text book,” DU Vice -Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi said they have taken note of the request.
“The book is taught as a reference book in our history department but is not a text book or published or authored by a DU professor,” he told PTI.
“Few members of his (Bhagat Singh’s) family met me on Wednesday.We have taken note of the request and the matter is being looked into,” Tyagi added.