History Should not be Twisted- Ramanath Rai during Tipu Jayanti Celebrations

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History Should not be Twisted- Ramanath Rai during Tipu Jayanti Celebrations

Mangaluru: Despite opposition from many organizations, the district administration celebrated the Tipu Jayanti at the Netravati Auditorium, Zilla Panchayat here on November 10.

The programme began with an invocation. ADC Kumar welcomed the gathering. The district minister in-charge B Ramanath Rai inaugurated the programme by lighting the traditional lamp along with other dignitaries on the dais.

A booklet on Tipu Sultan was released on the occasion by Minister Ramanath Rai.

Addressing the gathering MLA J R Lobo said, “Today we are celebrating the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan. The government is remembering the Ruler of Mysuru. When a person does good work we should remember and respect him. We need to give importance to brotherhood and harmony. Tipu ruled Mysuru with good governanceWhatever good is written in history and whatever good Tipu had done we should remember it”.

Recalling a story from the Bible, Lobo said, “The Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd and said to Jesus to punish her as she was caught when she was in the act. They kept demanding an answer, so Jesus stood up and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone”. When those who had accused her heard it they slipped away one by one. Then Jesus said to the woman not to sin again. In our society, who has not committed any sin? When we accuse others we should be clean, if we have committed sin we do not have the right to point fingers at others. We should not divide the society keeping the negative incidents in our mind. We should think positively by remembering the good deeds. All political parties and religions to live in peace, harmony, and brotherhood. When we are celebrating Tipu Jayanti, let us remember his good deeds. Sometimes because of some people, the leaders get a bad name”.

Addressing the gathering, Ramanath Rai said, “Tipu Sultan fought against the British at the age of 15. History cannot be twisted. Many people have tried to change the history of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Historians have never written lies and we believe in their writings. After the government decided to celebrate Tipu Jayanti the opposition started to criticise us. The opposition says that Tipu was anti-Hindu, Tipu had converted people, Tipu was communal etc. Tipu Sultan had created history but people tried to spoil his name. Tipu Sultan sacrificed his entire family to the freedom of this country. Those who are not interested to celebrate Tipu Jayanti they should stay away from the celebrations. Some people had dressed like Tipu Sultan and clicked photos praising him, but now the same people are trying to twist the history of Tipu. If we want to build a strong nation we should not forget the freedom fighters. I respect historians and whatever they have written about Tipu Sultan”.

Minister for Food and Civil Supplies U T Khader also spoke on the occasion. There was a special talk on Tipu Sultan by Aravindh Chokkadi. MLA Moideen Bava, MLA Shakuntala Shetty, Mayor Kavitha Sanil, Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil, ZP CEO Dr M R Ravi, MUDA Chairman Suresh Ballal and others were also present.


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