Observed in the month of November every year, the celebration was started in 2015 as an annual event under the previous Congress government led by Siddaramaiah. In the past years, BJP has led heated protests against the Tipu Jayanti celebrations.
This is not the first time Egypt has demanded the return of an artefact. Neither is it likely to be the last. Countries world over, including India, have been demanding that artefacts — several of which were looted during the colonial period — be brought back to their countries of origin.
"One thing I personally know about Imran Khan is that his interest in the shared history of the Indian subcontinent is genuine and far-reaching. He read; he cares. It is disappointing, though, that it took a Pakistani leader to remember a great Indian hero on his punyathithi," Tharoor tweeted.
The highlight lot, a silver-mounted 20-bore flintlock gun and bayonet from the personal armoury of the last ruler of Mysore, proved hugely popular as it attracted 14 bids before going under the hammer for 60,000 pounds.
Tipu Jayanti 2018 protests: The BJP had appealed to the government to drop the celebrations after the JDS-Congress coalition government had announced that Tipu Jayanti would be observed on November 10.
Security has been tightened ahead of the celebration, with the BJP warning of mounting protests in the state, and section 144 has been imposed at several places including Kodagu, Hubli and Dharwad cities from 6 am on November 10 to 7 am on November 11.