PWD and District In-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa called upon every Indian to free their minds of prejudices and celebrate the jayanti of ‘secular king and freedom fighter’ Tipu Sultan. He said that Tipu was not confined to any particular community but was a “true nationalist who laid his life for the country.”
Mahadevappa said in his inaugural speech at the 267th birth anniversary celebration of Tipu Sultan, organised by the District Administration and Department of Kannada and Culture here on Thursday that Tipu was the only king who died in a war fighting for his country.
Rubbishing accusations against Tipu of being anti-Hindu, Mahadevappa advised those opposing Tipu and to correct their knowledge of history. “How you can you call him anti-Hindu who restored Sringeri temple desecrated by Marathas,” he said to a jam-packed audience at the Kalamandir.
Mahadevappa also mentioned a write-up from William Dalrymple’s – a Scottish historian – wherein he mentions of the letters that Tipu had written to the swami of Sringeri temple extending financial help and assuring of consequences Marathas would face for their misdeeds.
He further said that Mysore gazetteer accounts that Tipu had donated wealth to more than 156 temple and his palace built amidst three temples bears testimony to his secularism.
Mahadevappa added, Tipu was instrumental in bringing agriculture technologies from China to India and was known for introducing many developmental activities.
Speaking on the occasion, former president, Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission, Dr C S Dwarkanath said that Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru too had acknowledged Tipu’s struggle against British and that the Constitution too had accepted him as freedom fighter.
Two books in Urdu on life and dream of Tipu Sultan were released by Karnataka Urdu Academy on the occasion.
Jayanti celebrated peacefully
Though the city was abuzz with protests from pro-Hindu groups and BJP in opposition to Tipu Jayanti celebration for last few days, the jayanti, however, was celebrated peacefully. No untoward incidents were reported as the city police had beefed up security to maintain law and order in the city.
MLAs Vasu and M K Somashekhar, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Deputy Commissioner Randeep D, Sir Kazi of Mysuru Moulana Mohammed Usman Sharief, President, All India Milli Council, Mysuru, Moulana Zakaullah, Former MP A H Vishwanath and others were present.