1. Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed status of Shivaji if he was a Hindu: Girish Karnad

Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed status of Shivaji if he was a Hindu: Girish Karnad

Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad today said 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed the same status as of Maratha king Chhatrapathi Shivaji, if he was a Hindu and not a Muslim.

By: | Bangalore | Published: November 11, 2015 11:03 AM

Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad today said 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed the same status as of Maratha king Chhatrapathi Shivaji, if he was a Hindu and not a Muslim.

In another remark that stoked a controversy, Karnad said it would have been “apt” had the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli near here been named after Tipu Sultan rather than Kempegowda, a feudatory ruler under the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire which founded Bengaluru in 1537.

The remarks by the noted Kannada playwright and actor came at a state government organised function to mark the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan held amid tight security at the state Secretariat in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The statewide celebrations are being boycotted by BJP and protested by several outfits who see the ruler of the erstwhile Mysore kindgom as a “religious bigot” and “anti-Kannadiga.” The protests led to violence at Madikeri in Kodagu district claiming one life.

“I feel that if Tipu Sultan was a Hindu and not Muslim he would have attained the position in Karnataka that Shivaji Maharaj enjoys in Maharashtra,” Karnad said.

Maintaining that Tipu is deprived of such a status owing to his religious persuasion, he said, “Because what has happened is today our scholars and politicians look at one’s religion and caste first….”

“Injustice has happened to Tipu Sultan because of this type of evaluation…” he added.

Taking potshots at those calling Tipu Sultan “anti- Kannada and anti-Hindu”, Karnad said, “Today, when we are celebrating this day as Deepawali and Tipu Sultan day, we can also celebrate it as Bihar day.”

His Bihar day remark was an apparent jibe at BJP, which was routed in the Assembly polls. Karnad has always made known his ideological opposition to BJP.

Expressing similar opinion to that of Karnad while recounting the contributions of Tipu Sultan to the people of his kingdom, Siddaramaiah said “…if he was born as Hindu he would have got similar respect in Karnataka and the entire country, that Shivaji enjoys.”

Siddaramaiah said politicising an event organised to pay respect to Tipu Sultan is “not correct”.

“Whichever religion or caste that he may belong to, he has fought for the nation and has laid down his life for the people, so it is our duty to show respect,” he added.

Several literary personalities and historians like Baraguru Ramachandrappa, Ko Channabasappa, Prof Shaik Ali, N V Narasimaiah who spoke at the event took exception to Tippu being labelled as anti-Hindu and anti-Kannada.

Recounting his contributions to promote communal and linguistic tolerance in his kingdom, they called him “truly secular.”

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    mohan
    Nov 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm
    Hegelian dialectic is the tool which manites us into a frenzied circular pattern of thought and action using the formula: A (thesis) versus B (anti-thesis) equals C (synthesis). The British used this philosophy to divide and rule through the media owned by the Western missionaries. The purpose of Tipu's glorification is to provocate a few people and thereby create communal violence and finally put the blame on Sangh parivar. The Communal Violence Bill introduced by UPA will give the necessary protection for the minorities. The positive aspect is that this has generated a hot discussion about the atrocities of the barbarian monster king. Nobody discussed about the Tipu Sultan until Sanjay khan's serial was aired through DD. Every time Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary is celebrated, people are reminded of his cruelties and not glories
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      mohan
      Nov 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm
      Hegelian dialectic is the tool which manites us into a frenzied circular pattern of thought and action using the formula: A (thesis) versus B (anti-thesis) equals C (synthesis). ie tension created by the synthesis of thesis and anhesis will be useful for those who are fishing out of troubled waters. The British used divide and rule through the media owned by the Western missionaries. Kejriwal started an anhesis(anticorruption) against UPA's thesis. The next step was synthesis by adding a little bit of liberalism and entertainment. But the surprise element was the meteoric rise of Modi from nowhere. The purpose of whitewashing the most hated monster using govt resources is to provocate a section of the potion and thereby create communal violence and finally put the blame on Sangh parivar. The Communal Violence Bill introduced by UPA will give the necessary protection for the minorities and Hindus are always charge sheeted, following the age old policy of Aurangazeb. The positive aspect is that this has provided a forum for discussion about the atrocities of the barbarian king. Nobody discussed about the Tipu Sultan until Sanjay khan's serial was aired through DD. Every time Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary, people are reminded of his cruelties and not glories
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        mohan
        Nov 12, 2015 at 9:46 am
        Hegelian dialectic is the tool which manites us into a frenzied circular pattern of thought and action using the formula: A (thesis) versus B (anti-thesis) equals C (synthesis). ie tension created by the synthesis of thesis and anhesis will be useful for those who are fishing out of troubled waters. The British used this philosophy to divide and rule through the media owned by the Western missionaries. Kejriwal came up with an anhesis againts UPA's thesis. The next steps was synthesis by adding a little bit of liberalism and entertainment. But the surprise element was the meteoric rise of Modi from nowhere. The purpose of whitewashing the most hated monster using govt resources is to provocate a section of the potion and thereby create communal violence and finally put the blame on Sangh parivar. The Communal Violence Bill introduced by UPA will give the necessary protection for the minorities. So Hindus always get the chargesheet. That is the logic used by Aurangazeb. The positive aspect is that this has provided a forum for discussion about the atrocities of the barbarian king. Nobody discussed about the Tipu Sultan until Sanjay khan's serial was aired through DD. Every time Tipu Sultan's birth anniversary, people are reminded of his cruelties and not glories
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          SCC
          Nov 11, 2015 at 5:36 pm
          Had Tipu been a Hindu, he would have been pushed in to the dustbin of history. Does anyone know of Tatyaji Tope and the various Hindu rulers who made common cause with Muslims to fight against the British. Girish should keep his mouth shut and not falsify history. They should be treated exactly in the same manner as the Holocaust deniers.
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            Sunder Lal Dua
            Nov 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm
            Girish Karnad has a track record of being a long time Hindu basher. He should have changed his name given by his parents to one of the Marx Karnad, Stalin Karnad, Mao Karnad because he represents these destructive forces who killed millions of their political rivals.
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              Atul
              Nov 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm
              You should refresh your knowledge of History before making this statement.Shivaji was a great warrior and a man of character and Tipu less said is better.
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