Punjab University to change calling Bhindranwale “terrorist” after SGPC objection

Following the strong objection from Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on mentioning the Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale as “terrorist” in syllabus, Punjab University has decided to remove the content. 

The controversial content is found in the Punjabi medium book of MA Political Science in the chapter titled ‘Punjab De Sikh Jangju Andolan Da Vishleshan’ (Analysis of Sikh Militant Movement in Punjab).

Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the sikh leader died in a clash with the Army during Operation Blue Star and is considered a martyr by many.

“Bhindranwale has been targeted and the curriculum contains many more controversial information about the Sikh struggle. In view of the seriousness of the matter I have ordered to take action. We have written a letter to the V-C of Punjabi University and the department concerned asking them to make amends for the insulting content,” read the statement of SGPC president Advocate Harjinder Singh. 

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is an organization responsible for the management of gurdwaras.

The syllabus-based book is published by the university’s Distance Education Department. The University  has formed a three-member committee which would look into the allegations and submit its report to his office.