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Tipu Sultan
Secular ruler beyond doubt
By Prof. Sheik Ali
(Former Vice Chancellor of Goa & Mangalore Universities)

Secular Policy

Secular Policy
Restoration of Sringeri Mutt
Other temples patronised by Tipu
Hindus in important civil posts
Hindus in important army posts

Secular Policy



Fair policies
The French alliance
Policy towards prisoners of war
Some more on his impartiality...


Tipu inherited the secular policy of Haider who was very tolerant in religious affairs. Tipu maintained the same spirit, although he was more religious than Haider. There are about thirty letters in Kannada of Tipu to Swamiji of Sringeri temple, which were found in 1916 by R.Narasimhachar, Director of Archaeology in Mysore. Normally all letters of Tipu to others begin with his own name at the top, but these letters mention the name of the Swamiji at the top, with all his titles and Tipu's name is at the bottom without any title. These letters throw a flood of light on his religious policy and clearly establish the secular character of his rule.


"The Quran requires you to say to people of scripture: We believe in that which has been revealed into us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is one and unto him we surrender. We hold this God-given law dear to our heart, based as it is on human dignity; reason and brotherhood of man. With reverence we have also read the Vedas of the Hindus. They proclaim their faith in universal unity and express the belief that God is one although He bears many names." 
                                                                                           -- Tipu Sultan.

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