Tipu Sultan: An Anti-hindu?

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Tipu Sultan, an anti-hindu and an anti-national ruler.
Tipu Sultan, a non-secular, an anti-social ruler.
Tipu Sultan, a Xerox of a tyrrant dictator.

Why??
What justifies all these statements??
Who is empowered to prove them??

Yes, it is an unread page of history for us. And we’re helpless to reach that era and favour or disfavour these claims. All we can try to know is from books, the remains, the architecture etc.
So let’s try to find out!!

Tipu Sultan
TIPU OR TIPPOO SAHIB, SULTAN OF MYSORE 1782-99.ENGRAVING BY W. RIDLEY, PUBLISHED IN “EUROPEAN MAGAZINE”, JULY 1, 1800.

Tipu: The Tiger Of Mysore

Tipu Sultan is called as “The Tiger Of Mysore”. Why? Did he exercise his powers on others? But on whom?

Let me make it a bit simpler. But for that, we need to trace his early life.
I think it would be fun!!

A Glimpse Of His Childhood

Tipu Sultan was born on November 10, 1750 at Devanahalli. He was born as “Badshah Nasibuddaulah Sultan Fateh Ali Bahadur Sahab”.

Later, he became ‘Tipu Sultan’ after the name of Saint Tipu Mastan Aulia.

His father, Hyder Ali was illiterate. So he wanted his son to be taught properly. Hence, alongwith his diplomatic and millitary mission, education was also added.

This led to the birth of a highly learner ruler. Tipu was an intellectual and innovative in person.

Wars, Victories And Advancements

The reign of Tipu is remembered for research and innovation. Tipu, himself was a pioneer in the use of rocket artillery.

A number of rockets and missiles were developed in his era. This was done mostly in collaboration with french rulers. Tipu was the one who introduced luni-solar calendar and new coin types.

Tipu introduced a land revenue system. This system bolstered the Mysore Silk Industry. This in turn, helped Mysore emerge as an economic power.

Tipu Sultan at war
‘The last effort of Tippoo Saib at Seringapatam’, 1799, (1847). The death of Tippoo Sahib (1753-1799), Sultan of Mysore at his stronghold, Seringapatam, India. British forces stormed the city on 4 May 1799. This victory brought to an end the short fourth Anglo-Mysore War (March-May 1799) enabled them then to gain control of Southern India, leading eventually to British rule throughout India. Illustration from The History of China and India, by Miss Corner, (Dean and Co, London, 1847). (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

Tipu Sultan was the right hand of his father in most of his wars. He alongwith Hyder Ali claimed his victory over a number of challengers.

Unfortunately, his father died after second anglo-Mysore war due to cancer. But the seeds of love for his kingdom grew inside Tipu.

A number of rulers and Britishers were badly defeated by him. But the fourth anglo-Mysore war was proved to be the end of this patriotism. Tipu was defeated and he died.

Actually, defeating Tipu alone was not an easy task. So Marathas and Nizam of Hyderabad joined hands with British. This led to the end of Tipu Sultan.

Tipu Sultan sacrificed himself to defend his kingdom from British capture. He is still remembered as a valiant freedom fighter.

Probably he was the only ruler who didn’t negotiated with Britishers. While all other rulers were busy signing treaty and agreements, Tipu was spearheading the kingdom as freedom fighter.

Was He Non-secular, Anti-hindu?

Tipu Sultan was fond of horticulture and gardening. Hyder Ali and Tipu are still remembered as the establishes of Lalbagh Botanical Garden.

During his reign, Tipu gave land grants. These land grants were specially provided for 135 temples.

He also gave high posts to non-Muslims in his court. He was also a great writer. He wrote in Kannada.

Many sources claim that Tipu sent funds to American freedom fighters. Benjamin Franklin had sent a declaration letter of this too.

And yes, he is one of the rulers who fought against British colonialism.

On Tipu Jayanti

As all the issues are beset with politics, Tipu is no different.
We have been told that he was a tyrrant dictator. We believe this and join the strikes.

Lack of awareness and proper knowledge favours the wrong elements to dominate a society. And this happened on the occasion of Tipu Jayant on 10th November.

There are so many misconceptions in the youth that obstructs a good governance in the country.

Youth needs to know the fact before reacting violently. Tipu Sultan was the one who pledged his son to prevent Mysore. And he is being called an Anti-hindu. These baseless issues will keep rising. Untill the youth remain unaware.

Tipu Sultan was a great administrator. He was a great socialist. And emphasisingly, a secular ruler.

He never looked his kingdom as his hereditary belonging. He called Mysore kingdom as “Sultanat-e-khuda dad”, meaning “the gift of God”.

On the occasion of his jayanti, a number of his supporters were present. It was inaugurated in a grand way.

A change Of Thoughts

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday lauded Tipu Sultan before the Tipu Jayanti celebrations began.”Tipu’s progressive measures in administration, his quest for innovation are commendable,” PTI quoted him as saying.

R Ashok, BJP leader and former Home Minister told NDTV:

“This is not a communal protest. We honour Muslim people for their sacrifice for the nation. But Tipu demolished temples and churches – and killed people. He is not a freedom fighter. Do not waste public money on these celebrations.”

Raghu Algur’s words were also laudable. He said-

“These elements are suffering from anti-Muslim myopia. For them every Muslim leader is anti-national and anti-Hindu. They are not looking at the tremendous contribution of Tipu for society and for becoming a living example of religious harmony.”

And I personally believe that every issue doesn’t need a political eye. Celebrating a day to remember a freedom fighter is far more better that involving in religious disputes.

Remembering Tipu and his contribution for a day is worth spending some money. If spending money in temple and mosque building disputes for decades isn’t a “waste”, then how can a peaceful rememberance be called a “waste of public money”.

Well, I am also not much into politics. So I may be wrong somewhere. But I personally believe that religion should not be the pillar of disputes all over the country.

Thank you so much for reading. And we’ld heartily welcome your criticism. As our country is so difficult to inflict so easily.

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Keep yourself aware in order to think correctly.

Love,
Mistella.

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