Tipu Sultan Row Resurfaces After Proposal To Rename Mysuru Airport

Tipu Sultan Row Resurfaces After Proposal To Rename Mysuru Airport

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The appropriate-wing in Karnataka sees Tipu Sultan as a bigoted tyrant who forcefully transformed 1000’s.


Tipu Sultan is, as soon as once more, on the centre of a Congress vs BJP squabble in Karnataka, after a MLA from the ruling social gathering proposed naming the airport in Mysuru (which can also be referred to as Mandakalli Airport) after the 18th century ruler. “I suggest the naming of Mysuru Airport to Tipu Sultan Airport,” Prasad Abbayya, the Hubballi-Dharwad (East) MLA mentioned throughout a dialogue on altering airport names.

The assertion triggered howls of protest from the opposition BJP, which pitched the ‘Tiger of Mysore’ right into a Hindu vs Muslim narrative, in opposition to its icon, VD Savarkar, forward of the Could election.

The BJP was trounced within the election, winning just 66 of the state’s 224 seats.

The row over Tipu Sultan – who historians consider was a fierce opponent of British rule in India, and died in battle in opposition to them, defending his capital of Shrirangapattana – dates again to 2016, when the then Congress authorities led by Siddaramaiah started celebrating his birthday – on November 10.

Since then, Tipu Sultan has been invoked repeatedly by the BJP and fringe right-wing outfits – in each Karnataka and neighbouring Maharashtra – in a bid to polarise voters; in June, some Hindu outfits staged violent protests over social media posts on the Mysuru king and Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

Within the build-up to the 2023 Meeting election the BJP’s state boss Nalin Kateel, went all-out, it appeared, to set off division amongst voters on this topic, together with urging locals to “kill… followers” of the ruler.

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Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah additionally attacked the Congress, and the row over Tipu Sultan noticed clashes earlier than polling, together with one in Yadgir after a site visitors sign was re-named after Savarkar.

There was additionally contemporary controversy over who killed Tipu Sultan.

Historians consider he died within the 4th Anglo-Mysore Battle, in 1799. Earlier than this election, although, there have been claims from some sections that he was killed by two chieftains from the Vokkaliga group.

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The Vokkaligas are a politically highly effective part, forming practically 16 per cent of the state’s inhabitants, that hasn’t at all times voted in favour of the BJP, and did not this yr both.

Forward of the 2018 election too, the BJP dug out Tipu Sultan; BS Yediyurappa slammed the Congress’ transfer a “gimmick” to appease Muslims, who have been then 13 per cent of the entire inhabitants.

5 years later, although, Mr Yediyurappa advised NDTV he didn’t agree along with his social gathering’s bid to engineer a Tipu Sultan vs VD Savarkar storyline. “It’s not Tipu vs Savarkar… BJP’s insurance policies might be key,” he mentioned.

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And Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was additionally roped in by the BJP, and he launched a vicious assault on the then Congress authorities, pitching Lord Hanuman in opposition to Tipu Sultan.

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In response, the Congress accused the BJP of trying to disturb communal harmony.

In October, Siddaramaiah, who returned as Chief Minister after the Congress’ win this yr, hailed Kittur Rani Channamma (the queen of a former princely state in Karnataka who rebelled in opposition to the British) and Tipu Sultan as “inspirations to combat for self-respect”.

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