Udupi: District Administration Celebrates Tipu Sultan’s Birth Anniversary Peacefully

Udupi: The district administration and the Backward Community and Minority Welfare (BCMW) department of the district celebrated Hazrat Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary at the Narayanaguru Auditorium Bannaje here, on November 10.

The programme began with the Nadageethe. Harish L Gaonkar, district officer of BCMW department, welcomed the gathering.

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District minister in-charge Vinay Kumar Sorake inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp. In his message, Vinay Kumar Sorake said that Tipu Sultan was a true ruler and patriot, who was ideal for people of all castes and communities, and according to some historians, he was instrumental in developing a missile. Tipu has done great service to this country and he was a secular ruler. He protected many temples from being looted. The famous Shankara Math at Sringeri was once looted and the pontiff ran away out of fear. But it was Tipu who brought him back and gave protection to the temple. He proved his love for Hindus by building and maintaining temples in Srirangapatna. But unfortunately, some people are misleading the common people by twisting history, he said.

A K Kakkila, Editor of Sanmarga Magazine, delivered a special lecture on Tipu Sultan’s life and achievements. City Municipal Council president Yuvraj presided over the function. Deputy commissioner Dr R Vishal, Superintendent of Police Annamalai, Chairman of UUDA Janardhan Tonse and others were present.

Meanwhile, some right wing associations, the opposition BJP and the United Christian Association have opposed the government’s decision of celebrating Tipu’s birth anniversary, calling him a “controversial person”. To avoid any untoward incidents, the police department made special security arrangements at the programme premises.


  1. Tippu was, is and will always be a controversial figure based on several facts documented by several historians across the board on the tons of atrocities to Hindus & Christians. Hence Hindus and Christians are protesting right now.

    If Indians in general and Muslims in particular would like to celebrate the life of a great Indian Muslim and a highly respected figure, then I believe the unanimous choice would be our beloved ex President APJ Abdul Kalam and an overwhelming majority of people will agree a Abdul Kalam Jayanti

  2. highly respected figure, then I believe the unanimous choice would be our beloved ex President APJ Abdul Kalam -Mr.Jay

    Sir,Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former president of India and their “missile man” in his autobiography describes how Tipu’s rocket research, originally commissioned by his father Hyder Ali, helped the development of the Congreve system — “When Tipu Sultan was killed, the British captured more than 700 rockets and subsystems of 900 rockets in the battle of Turukhanahally in 1799. His army had 27 brigades, called Kushoons and each brigade had a company of rocket men called Jourks. These rockets had been taken to England by William Congreve and were subjected by the British to what we call “reverse engineering” today.”

    The British have a wonderful habit of keeping records, publishing them and making them widely available. And so it is that we come across a book published in 1893 Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan and the struggle with the Musalman Powers of the South written by Lewin B. Bowring who served as the chief commissioner of Mysore.

    If Late president hails Tipu Sultan for the rocket technology in his own biography, why Jayanti for Kalam? There are more Indian Muslims died fought in Indian freedom struggle will be told by our history,media or those protest parties.


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    History is unkind to Tipu Sultan. The fact is that Tipu cannot be reduced to a singular narrative or tradition of intolerance or bigotry as he represented multiple traditions. He combined tolerant inter-religious traditions, liberal and secular traditions, anti-colonialism and internationalism. He could do this as he had strong roots in Sufism, which is not explored much by historians. He belonged to the Chisti/Bande Nawaz tradition of Sufism.
    In fact, Tipu was radical in more than one sense. He was the first to ban consumption of alcohol in the entire State, not on religious grounds, but on moral and health grounds. He went to the extent of saying: “A total prohibition is very near to my heart.” He is credited with introducing missile or rocket technology in war. He was the first to introduce sericulture to the then Mysore state. He was the first to confiscate the property of upper castes, including Mutts, and distribute it among the Shudras. He is also credited with sowing the seeds of capitalist development at a time when the country was completely feudal. He thought about constructing a dam across the Cauvery in the present-day location of Krishnaraja Sagar. He completed the task of establishing a biodiversity garden named Lal Bagh.
    His tolerance is reflected in his annual grants to no less than 156 temples, which included land deeds and jewellery. His army was largely composed of Shudras. When the famed Sringeri Mutt, established by Shankaracharya, was invaded by the Maratha army, he issued a firman to provide financial assistance for reinstallation of the holy idol and restoring the tradition of worship at the Mutt. His donation to the famous Srikanteshwara temple at Nanjangud; the donation of 10,000 gold coins to complete temple work at Kanchi; settling the disputes between two sects of priests at the Melkote temple; and gifts to Lakshmikanta temple at Kalale are all well-known. Interestingly, Srirangapatna, a temple town, remained his permanent capital till the end of his rule. He was also instrumental in constructing the first-ever church in Mysuru. Incidentally, well-known historian B.A. Saletore calls him “defender of Hindu Dharma”.
    The allegation of forcible conversions has to be seen in the background of political exigencies — either they were with the colonialists such as in the case of Christians of Dakshina Kannada, or were waging a protracted guerrilla war as in the case of Coorg. Here, historians have distorted the facts by reducing political exigencies to the “communal ideology” of Tipu.

    Tipu’s legacy endures…

    Why this controversy over the Tiger of Mysore Tipu Sultan, who valiantly took on the might of the British empire and accorded all his subjects equal respect, all over again is unfortunate and unnecessary. He is become victim of political struggle which neither Islam encourage nor Kannadigas wanted.

    The History book was never controversial when we were taught in our school days. Since BJP taken the reins of history and naming of Bangalore International Airport of Srirangapatnam university issue become more politics.

    If there are bloodshed what is the point of celebrating ‘Jayanti’? Why cannot Karnataka government carry forward the good from Tipu’s regime?

    Jai hind

    • shAIKH mOHD rizwan – “Sir,Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former president of India and their “missile man” in his autobiography describes how Tipu’s rocket research, originally commissioned by his father Hyder Ali, helped the development of the Congreve system”




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