Bengaluru: Karnataka Simmers Over Tipu Sultan Row, Girish Karnad Offers Apology

Bengaluru: The Congress state government in Karnataka knew that its decision to celebrate Tipu Sultan’s birthday would have its detractors, but perhaps it is getting more criticism than it bargained for.


Protests continued in Bengaluru over the issue – and the main target was Jnanpith awardee, Girish Karnad.

Mr Karnad’s admiration of Tipu Sultan – and his suggestion that Bengaluru’s airport be named after Tipu instead of city founder Kempe Gowda – upset right-wing groups. The noted playwright later south to end the controversy, saying, “”If anybody has been hurt by my remarks, I apologise… what will I gain by doing it (by giving such comments).”

Basavaraj, state organisation secretary of the Vishva Hindu Parishad or VHP was part of a protest at the Town Hall. “Kempegowda is the nadaprabhu (ruler of the land) of Karnataka. He has insulted our nadaprabhu. We are condemning Girish Karnad. He is not a writer, he is only Siddaramaiah’s man.”

Anger also flared over the death of a VHP worker during a bandh on the issue called by the BJP in Kodagu district on Tuesday. The police say he fell accidentally to his death while running from a lathi charge.

R Ashok, BJP leader and former home minister told NDTV, “100 per cent it is a murder. They made this murder. It is purely communal clashes – the failure of the government, no security arrangements no intelligence. It is a pre-planned murder. BJP is demanding a CBI enquiry or the judicial enquiry.”

But Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ruled out such a probe. He said, “There is no need for a judicial inquiry. I have already ordered inquiry into the incident by regional commissioner of Mysore region. Already there is a government order to give Rs. 5 lakh for any person who dies in a communal clash. Tipu Sultan is a patriot, freedom fighter – and he is most secular man. That is why I have celebrated.”


  1. Dear readers,

    The Kalinga war, the only major war Ashoka fought after his accession to throne, is one of the major and bloodiest battles in world history. At least 0.1 million Kalingans were killed while another 0.15 million were taken prisoners. And almost equal number of Magadha soldiers were also killed. There was not a single man left in Kalinga to live a life of slavery.There was large scale conversion to Buddhism during the period of Asoka in 2nd Century B.C.Indian is known to be birthplace of ‘Buddhism’ is now only considered minorities.

    The Ashoka Chakra is a depiction of the dharmachakra; represented with 24 spokes. It is so called because it appears on a number of edicts of Ashoka, most prominent among which is the Lion Capital of Ashoka.Though trail of bloody history and conversion the Indian national flag still carries edicts of Ashoka. Britain may have invaded 90 per cent of the world, but they are not hated everywhere.The Saint George’s Cross. In the Union Flag this represents the entire Kingdom of England, including Wales.It is still visible in many colonized nation in the world.

    Did BJP oppose the ‘Ashoka’ chakra in our national flag for conversion? A BJP political wing of RSS, will ask Modi to cut the Diplomatic relation with UK for the past history? Did they hate Tipu for wearing finger ring stamped ‘Ram’ being Muslim? Did they consider Maratha warrior Shivaji is still Hindu for looting Sringeri temple?

    The BJP selective outrage is political motivated.The Siddu government has given unnecessary provocation by celebrating Tipu Jayanti.A BJP is known polarization for majority vote bank it has become trump card.It is nothing but early assembly election preparation stocking communal tension. In the past Amit shah already laid commemoration in north east Karnataka with Hyderbad border. BJP has already realised Mandir,Beef,Hubli Idgah flag hoisting is not enough to polarizing.A Tipu become a subject of another controversy which Kannadigas need to understand before another wave of Muzaffarnagar happens in our door step.

    Jai hind

    • Who converted Buddhists in today’s Afghanistaan area ? Is it the same peace-loving group who blew up the Budhdha statues back in 2001? History tells us that the peaceful folks made multiple attempts to bring down these enormous statues.

      Chengiz Khan, Aurangazeb to today’s taaliban – all were obsessed with destroying these harmless statues – why??? Let’s see if taqiyya expert Sharia pandita has any answers!! smiles..

      Meanwhile, let’s see if Pincode Pai blames it all on RSS while joker Praveena blames it on Doddanna!! LOL

  2. Sathya Prakaasha?! IS HE NOT THE ORIGINAL DUPLICATE?-Mr.B.N.Pai

    Sir,Ravana performed an intense penance or tapasya to brahma, lasting several years. During his penance, Ravana chopped off his head 10 times as a sacrifice to appease him.

    Now Modi’s namo devotees doing the penance for his political master survival, taken different ‘Avatars’. So in the past in this forum we had seen Angola Bhat,Mangoes from Zimbabwe, Original Apples from USA and one siamese head ‘sathya Prakaasha.After all these conjoined heads only one heart of RSS is supplying the same H blood.

    Jai hind

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