Twitter debates legacy of Tipu Sultan after President Kovind praises Mysore ruler
The contributions of 18th century ruler of Mysore were intensely debated last year as critics alleged the Karnataka government was honouring a leader who persecuted Hindus and Christians.Updated: Oct 26, 2017 09:47 IST
Another round of debate about the role of Tipu Sultan in Indian history began on Thursday after President Ramnath Kovind praised the Muslim ruler in his speech in Bengaluru.
His remarks reignited the controversy over Tipu Sultan’s legacy, with the BJP claiming the President’s address was scripted by the Congress government in Karnataka.
The contributions of 18th century ruler of Mysore were intensely debated last year as critics alleged the Karnataka government was honouring a leader who persecuted Hindus and Christians, and forcefully imposed Islamic Sharia law. The Siddaramaiah government has been celebrating Tipu Jayanti on November 10 since 2015.
The row was fuelled again last week after Union minister of state Anantkumar Hegde and BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje requested that the Karnataka government desist from sending them invites for Tipu Jayanti celebrations.
Many Twitter users claimed Tipu Sultan was a “brutal ruler” and the President was merely reading a script given by the Congress government. Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has denied all accusations.
Others countered this view by asking if the BJP was questioning the “integrity” and intelligence of the President.
A look at the social media conversation:
Tipu Sutan ‘died’ a Hero, fine. But, look at how he ‘lived’. He fought the British, no doubt. But, was brutal towards the Marathas/Nizams.— Bibhash Ghosh (@bibhash_ghosh) October 25, 2017
Dear hacks, why don't you ask why Congress is celebrating a mass murder who is dispised like hell in Kerala and Coastal KR?— Vishnu (@vishnupks) October 25, 2017
How about his cruelty & avowed mission/misdeed of converting Hindus. Tipu jayanti is a naked and blatant vote bank politics. #TipuSultan— yogesh kahol (@KaholYogesh) October 25, 2017
Many idiots are saying that it was a congress script , by saying this they are insulting the president & questioning his intellectuality.😆😉— aleem (@aleem713) October 25, 2017
BJP claims that Congress scripted the President's speech. Are they ceding that he was not best of the candidates or doubt his integrity?— Manas Ram (@Manas_Ram) October 25, 2017
Thank you prez kovind for saying the truth about Tipu sultan— Mohd Imran Siddiqui (@I_ImranSiddiqui) October 25, 2017
Congratulations to Hon. President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind for a statesman like address to the Karnataka legislature. @rashtrapatibhvn— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) October 25, 2017
Tipu Died A Hero, Pres Says. Sir, Heroes fight n die in battlefield, Timid Tipu died inside d fort without fighting! https://t.co/7IrJCX2o9o— Pratap Simha (@mepratap) October 25, 2017
History-Sringeri’s Shankeracharya appealed Tipu Sultan to save MATH from invaders.Tipu saved Sringeri Math. Guess religion of vandals !— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) October 25, 2017
First Published: Oct 26, 2017 09:47 IST