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BJP activists on Sunday burnt NCERT textbooks alleging these contained “outrageous†references to Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru, and vowed to launch a nationwide stir till the remarks were withdrawn.

The leaders, led by BJP secretary Harjit Grewal, went their ire publicly saying the expressions used for the Guru in a 12th class textbook were totally mischievous and had outraged Sikh sentiments.

The book, authored by Bipin Chandra, described “The guru as a Mansabâ€, a designated official in service of Mughals, they alleged.

The leaders vowed to launch a nationwide stir till the controversial remarks were withdrawn or dropped from the book.

Grewal said even earlier NCERT textbooks had erred while dealing with historical facts, especially those relating to Sikh gurus.

“Any one remotely connected with Sikh religion can never tolerate what has been referred to in the book,†he said.

The BJP leader pledged to take the fight to the court and said the party would soon submit a memorandum to the President in this regard.

BJP youth leader and a member of party’s national executive Vineet Joshi sought strict action against the author.

“Pages 199 to 201 of the 12th class textbook refers to Khudiram Bose, Vir Saavarkar, Prafful Chaki, Ajit Singh and Hardyal as terrorists,†he said.

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