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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    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
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        Abhi
        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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          abbbxxx
          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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            arjun
            Nov 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm
            People talking here, are talking against each other, Muslims and Hindus..i think tats wat they (polticians) wanted.. divide and rule.lt;br/gt;Just think Guys!!.. both Tippu and Savarkar has their own agenda.lt;br/gt;One wanted to save his kingdom and another wanted free his country from British.lt;br/gt;Honestly Tippu is not freedom fighter, but he fought against British, as well as other Raja's and Maharaja's.lt;br/gt;Tats not the case in Savarkar, he was just a freedom fighter..lt;br/gt;I can vote for Abdul Kalam jayanthi not for Tippu.
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              Bhagavath B S
              Nov 2, 2016 at 3:54 pm
              SAME THING CHRISTIAN CONGRESS FAKU HI MINO FAMILY IN KARNATAKA WANTS TO SAFE GUARD OWN INTREST , IN PLEASING MUSLIMS FOR GETTING VOTES,TRAITOR TIPU IS A GOD FOR CONGRESS,ONE DAY POPE WILL DECLEARE SONIA MAFIA AS A FREEDOM FIGHTER OF ROME IN INDIA?
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                Muzzammil Hayat
                Nov 3, 2016 at 2:21 am
                Sawarkar Jayanti OK, Shivaji jayanti OK, No body put question on it . Were they freedom fighter ? but why Tipu Jayanti is being questioned by BJP and right wing group.because Tipu belongs to Muslim community. How any one can forget the contribution in building from ancient India to modern India?
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                  Muzzammil Hayat
                  Nov 3, 2016 at 2:11 am
                  Was sawarkar freedom fighter?
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                    Krishna
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm
                    He was helping French to conquer India.
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                      Sudeep
                      Nov 5, 2016 at 7:05 am
                      Tips sultan distributed lands to poor dalits , started sericulture industries, today also thousands of farmers depend on it, more over during Tipu period nationalism was not seeded.He fought against Britishers sacrificed his life for mysore, KARNATAKA.THAT'S ENOGUGH TO SAY HE IS FREEDOM FIGHTER.
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                        Salman
                        Nov 3, 2016 at 4:42 am
                        S they were british s gulam s and chamcha s. Not freedom fighters
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                          Salman
                          Nov 3, 2016 at 4:41 am
                          Tippu jayanthi should be celebrated by observing his contributions and rule to his motherland
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                            Nandu
                            Nov 3, 2016 at 11:06 am
                            We are ok for Abdul Kalam Jayanti... since he was true indian.. not like tippu sultan who killed Hindus, destro hindu temples, converted hindus... Its not against Muslims its against a person who was a great warrior but not good human...There is no building of India by any foreign invaders.. all looted india some are still doing it.... India is a peaceful country who embraced all religions without any difference... hence today it is suffering..
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                              naseer
                              Nov 4, 2016 at 9:20 am
                              Tippu his indian...... He fighted against british rules he freedom fighter of india...........must be celebrate in INDIA... tippu jayanthi
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                                Praveer Nijagal
                                Nov 3, 2016 at 6:06 am
                                Then why did British put them through Kala Pani?
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                                  Praveer Nijagal
                                  Nov 3, 2016 at 6:07 am
                                  Tipu was a tyrant. He killed captives of war in Chitradurga. If he was a freedom fighter, then why did he shower atrocities on Nayakas who were freely living in Chitradurga?
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                                    Suresh MB
                                    Nov 2, 2016 at 3:54 pm
                                    Think of the killing of Christians kodagu hindus forcible convrersion especially in Malabar where putting topi is synonymous with the atrocities committed by tippu in forcibly conversion in Malabar.now congies wants to legitimize such atrocities committed by Tippu Aurangzeb ghazni Butkasin etc
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                                      Anonymous
                                      Nov 7, 2016 at 7:17 pm
                                      A jawan was died ( Shaheed ) in indo-pak ( jammu )recently did it came in any NEWS CHANNEL NO you know why becoz he was MUSLIM thats why Indians will be illiterate forever. Becoz of such stupid and evil thoughts which has no sense or value in it.
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                                        Ravindran Krishnamurthy
                                        Nov 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm
                                        All those who fought against the British are termed as 'freedom fighter'lt;br/gt;.lt;br/gt;Whether Tipu Sultan fought against British or not ?
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                                          Proud Indian
                                          Nov 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm
                                          No building in india by foreign invaders??? Who built TAJ MAHAL, CHARMINAR, etc. Taj Mahal is wonders of the world which gets lot of revenue to India from tourists. Why don't u break it as it was built by invaders.. so partial. So mean.. only if Hindus like they will keep or else talk against it
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                                            S. Gopalakrishnan
                                            Nov 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm
                                            Why do chief Minister of Karnataka insist on celebrating jayanthi of a controversial person Tippu Sultan ? He can not be equated with Shivaji to celebrate his jayanthi
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