With the Sikh community taking strong exception to some alleged "misrepresentation of facts" in its history books, NCERT has decided to get these portions checked by a well-known scholar and historian.
NCERT's decision has come following a letter to its Director Krishna Kumar last week by Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, who had received a memorandum from Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), saying certain references to Sikh history was "hurting the sentiments of the community."
The memorandum was presented to Singh by DSGMC during the minister's recent visit to the Gurdwara appealing him to direct NCERT to get these references checked by former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanakdev University in Amritsar, Prithpal Singh Kapur.
"We have a Sikh scholar as the member of our panel which approves the matters in history textbooks. Now we will be sending the references on the Sikh history to Prof Kapur, as demanded by DSGMC and mentioned in the minister's letter," highly placed sources in NCERT said.
"There are certain misrepresentation of facts in the existing text books. This hurts the sentiments of the Sikh community. We had demanded the texts to be ratified by Prof Kapur," DSGMC President Harvinder Singh Sarna informed.
The earlier text books, which have been replaced now, had also a lot of misrepresentations of facts on Guru Teg Bahadur, Sarna alleged.
However, NCERT spokesman Ashish Bahad said whatever alleged misrepresentations there were in the earlier books have now been deleted and the new lot of Council's books do not have these portions.
NCERT has introduced new textbooks in five classes from this year including those for class I, III, VI and IX.