Bhagat Singh row reaches Parliament: SP MP seeks action against writers who made 'terrorist' reference

New Delhi: A Rajya Sabha MP, on Wednesday, sought action against authors who had referred to freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh, as terrorists in a history text book. Meanwhile some others said they had only sought deletion of such references and not banning the book.

"I will examine," said Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, in response to the demand by SP member Naresh Agrawal, who got support from treasury benches. Kurien had earlier instructed the government to remove all references to Bhagat Singh as a 'terrorist'.

"Action should be taken against the writers also," said Agrawal, and he got support from BJP members sitting in the treasury benches.

Bhagat Singh. IBNLive.

Bhagat Singh. IBNLive.

When the House took up Zero Hour, KC Tyagi raised a 'point of order', saying that the government has banned the history text book when it was asked only to remove the mention of terrorist in reference to Bhagat Singh in the book. "Delhi University has banned the book. I had not asked for withdrawal of the book," he said.

To this, Kurien said he had given a direction for removal of all references of terrorist to Bhagat Singh.

"On that pretext, the book cannot be banned," he said.

He further said in today's parlance, the word terrorist has a different connotation and should be deleted in reference to Bhagat Singh.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Muktar Abbas Naqvi wondered whether the pages referring to Bhagat Singh as terrorist should be torn or the book itself is withdrawn.

"Writers will term Bhagat Singh as terrorist and we support them, this is not possible," the Minister added.

Shukendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) said the word terrorist has also been used in reference to freedom fighter Surya Sen, also known as 'Masterda'. "What is the ruling (on this)," he asked the Chair.

Kurien said the same ruling as in case of Bhagat Singh would be applicable to all freedom fighters who have sacrificed their lives for the country.

Referring to a particular historian, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy alleged that he was paid Rs 1 crore as "honorarium" by the government. But his remarks were immediately expunged by the Chair.

Updated Date: May 04, 2016 17:25 PM

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