No more secularism, Sikh Gurus to be taught in new curriculum of UP: plans CM Yogi

In a move that will make the students aware of the history of Sikh gurus in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced that the history of Sikh gurus will now be included in the school curriculum in the state to educate students about the origins of the religion.

Mr. Yogi, recently, organised “Gurbani kirtan” and “langar” at his official residence to mark “Sahibzada Diwas”, which marks the martyrdom of four “sahibzadas” of Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh and mata Gujri. On this occasion, he made this historic announcement, lauding the contribution of Sikhs in the Indian freedom movement.

Sporting a saffron turban at the event, he said, “The history of Sikh gurus will be a part of the syllabus. Apart from this, December 27 will be celebrated every year as Sahibzada Diwas in all schools.”

He further added, “Today is the day to pay gratitude to the sons of the Guru and mother who martyred their lives for the motherland, country and religion.” Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, and Cabinet ministers attended the programme.

“Guru Teg Bahadur ji ka balidan, us kaal khand mein Kashmir mein Hinduon ki raksha karne mein sahayak bana (Guru Teg Bahadur’s sacrifice helped in protecting Hindus in Kashmir during that time),” said the CM. He added that the festival was not just of the Sikhs, but of the country.

“Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh and Mata Gujri are inspirational examples of sacrifice for rights, truth and protection of religion,” he said.

The CM announced that debates will take place on Sikh gurus and Sahibzadas in schools.

“Bharat ke itihas ki jab baat karte hain to Sikh itihas usse alag ho hi nahi sakta. Woh to humare padhyakram ka ek part banna chahiye. Ek Ek bache ko bataya jana chahiye (When we talk of India’s history, the history of the Sikhs cannot be separated from it. It should be a part of our syllabus. Every child should be told about it),” said the CM.

He also said, “No society can move ahead if it forgets history. The Sikh society is known for its hard work. The Sikh gurus sacrificed their lives to defend the Hindu religion. The country will always remember this.”

The CM said that Sikh Gurus sacrificed their lives to protect the Hindu religion and the country can never forget their indelible contribution. He added that every Sikh was ready to take the lead when it came to “Bhakti, Shakti, Purushartha aur Parisharam” and that Sikhs were known for their hard work.

Deputy CM Maurya also spoke on “how the Sikhs fought for religion and that cannot be forgotten”.

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