Sword of Tippu Sultan:
was born in Devanahalli (in Karnataka) on Friday, November 20th,
1753. At the age of fifteen he used to accompany....
Sait, MLA in the Karnataka Assembly mooted the idea of starting
educational institutions named after Tipu Sultan on the lines of Kittur Rani Chennamma and Morarji
schools, reported The Hindu.
need not be institutions of higher education like medical college or
engineering college, but can be even polytechnics that can help
educate and make youngsters enterprising or employable", The
Hindu quoted him as saying.
speaking at the
three-day seminar that commenced here on Saturday. It is organised
by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums and is the third in
the series of programmes being held to mark the 150th anniversary of
the First War of Indian Independence (1857).
According to the report, Sait regretted criticism directed at Tipu Sultan by a few members of
the Government. It was the duty of the Department of Archaeology and
Museums or the Department of Culture to counter the criticism
effectively, but this did not happen, as a result of which
misconceptions about Tipu Sultan continue to persist and get
should realise that Tipu Sultan was not any alien but born and
brought up in the region and was a Kannadiga,” Sait said.
Other speakers at the seminar on “Life and achievements of Tipu Sultan”
called for conservation and promotion of Srirangapatna and
rehabilitation of descendants of Tipu Sultan who are in dire
Srikante Gowda, MLC, spoke in a similar vein. He said that though
the issue of rehabilitating Tipu Sultan’s descendants residing in
Kolkata was discussed in the Legislative Council based on a report
submitted by historian and the former Vice-Chancellor of the
universities of Mangalore and Goa B. Sheik Ali, nothing materialised.
Sheik Ali, who delivered the presidential address, described Tipu
Sultan as the most fascinating figure of the 18th century in India
who had both a vision and a mission to liberate the country from
foreign rule and make it prosperous.
Speakers touched upon the contribution of Tipu Sultan such as
introduction of sericulture, expansion of trade, and interaction
with the French in a bid to overthrow the British, among others.
50 papers will be presented by scholars on various aspects of Tipu
Sultan’s rule, during the seminar.
Chancellor of Cambridge University released the book Ethno Marine
Archaeology edited by L.N. Swamy. An exhibition showcasing coins
of the Tipu Sultan era has been arranged to mark the occasion. B.R.
Jayaramaraje Urs, Secretary, Kannada and Culture, and R. Gopal,
Director of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, were among
those present, reported The Hindu.