Karnataka court renounces Tipu Sultan as freedom fighter; questions celebration of birth anniversary
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 03-Nov-2016

Bengaluru, November 3: Calling Tipu Sultan as a monarch who fought to safeguard his interests and renouncing him as freedom fighter, the Karnataka court on Thursday questioned the celebration of the 18th century Mysore ruler.  

The Court asked the State Govt the logic behind celebrating the anniversary of the controversial Muslim emperor who is claimed and accused to have demolished Hindu temples and holy idols of Hindu religion. “What is the logic behind celebrating Tipu Jayanti? Tipu was not a freedom fighter, but a monarch who fought the opponents to safeguard his interests,” Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, presiding over the division bench, observed. Justice R B Budhihal is the other member of the bench.

The observation was made by the Chief Justice during a hearing on a PIL filed by South Kodagu- based K P Manjunatha, challenging government’s move to celebrate Tipu Jayanti. Justice Mukherjee also questioned the logic behind celebrating Tipu Jayanti amid fears of communal tension escalating in Kodagu district and other parts of the state.

The Judge watched that last year's festivals had brought about a law-and-order situation after dissidents depended on brutality. Be that as it may, open direction M R Naik protected the festivals, saying Tipu was a great warrior who battled against the British.

Countering the entries, Sajan Poovaiah, advisor for the petitioner, said Tipu was a tyrant ruler who executed individuals having a place with numerous religion groups, including Kodavas, Konkanis and Christians. The hearing will continue tomorrow.

The Congress government's choice to observe the birth anniversary of the eighteenth century ruler of the past Mysore kingdom has blended a noteworthy debate, with assessment forcefully isolated among learned people, the scholarly community and diverse groups and associations.

Tipu Jayanti, slated to be praised over the state on November 10, is being seen since a year ago after an administration choice, which had set off a noteworthy line and brought on brutality in Kodagu area last November.