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Tipu Sultan a monarch, not freedom fighter, observes Karnataka High Court

The Karnataka High court questioned state govt the logic behind celebrating his birth anniversary as he was a monarch who fought to safe guard his own interest.

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Published: November 2, 2016 7:46 pm
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The Karnataka High Court Wednesday questioned the state government’s logic behind celebrating the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan, observing he wasn’t a freedom fighter but a monarch who fought to safeguard his interests.

“What is the logic behind celebrating Tipu Jayanti? Tipu was not a freedom fighter, but a monarch who fought the opponents to safeguard his interests,” Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, presiding over the division bench, observed.

Justice R B Budhihal is the other member of the bench. The observation was made by the Chief Justice during a hearing on a Public Interest Litigation filed by South Kodagu-based K P Manjunatha, challenging government’s move to celebrate Tipu Jayanti.

Justice Mukherjee also questioned the logic behind celebrating Tipu Jayanti amid fears of communal tension escalating in Kodagu district and other parts of the state.

He observed that last year’s celebrations had resulted in a law-and-order situation after protesters resorted to violence. However, public counsel M R Naik defended the celebrations, saying Tipu was a great warrior who fought against the British. Countering the submissions, Sajan Poovaiah, counsel for the petitioner, said Tipu was a tyrant ruler who killed people belonging to many communities, including Kodavas, Konkanis and Christians.

The hearing will resume tomorrow. The Congress government’s decision to observe the birth anniversary of the 18th century ruler of the erstwhile Mysore kingdom has stirred a major controversy, with opinion sharply divided among intellectuals, academia and different communities and organisations. Tipu Jayanti, slated to be celebrated across the state on November 10, is being observed since last year following a government decision, which had triggered a major row and caused violence in Kodagu district last November.

RSS had stated recently it opposed the celebration and would stage protests against it as the ruler of the erstwhile Mysore kingdom was a “religious bigot and a violent sultan”.

BJP has also expressed its strong opposition to ‘Tipu Jayanti’.

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  1. Peter Peter
    Nov 30, 2017 at 9:39 pm
    Tipu Sultan was a Muslim- mass murdering bigot. Patriotic Indians must spit on Tipu Sultan
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      Mohammed javeed
      Nov 3, 2016 at 4:55 pm
      Logic is very simple he is Muslim no point in arguing with congress or bjp they are using minority's for vote bank politics people arguing here they hate each other religion actually they are not supposed to be born as human being
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        Mohammed saleem
        Nov 3, 2016 at 6:54 pm
        As Muslim, Muslim will support Tippu Jayanti,,, as per Hinduism,, Hindu will support not to celebrate... its just about name in which religion it appears... minority is always pressed by majority... when so many Jayantis of other religion y no Haz Tippu's
        1. Uday Kumar
          Oct 27, 2017 at 2:12 pm
          Majority is supressing minority is happening in Pakistan. In India or Bharath, minority is given more preferential treatment than majority for vote bank politics. This appea t mentality is ruining the country. You should understand this.
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          Nov 3, 2016 at 11:52 am
          Lol dude!! Savarkar was behind the killing of Jackson and Curzon wylie. He was put in Andaman Kalapani and you simply write he was a chamcha of british. His soul may have gone through a great trouble. Shame on you. Why to comment on Savarkar if you don't know anything about him. Reas and then comment.
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            Nov 4, 2016 at 9:31 am
            Savarkar and Golwalkar are the BIGGEST HATE MONGERERS. When they can be called Freedom Fighter, why shouldn't Tippu Sultan be considered a freedom fighter
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