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Biography Biography
Tipu Sultan
A Great Ruler
By Prof. Sheik Ali
(Former Vice Chancellor of Goa & Mangalore Universities)

Significance Of Tipu's Life

Vision and mission in life
Political freedom from British
Alliance of the Indian powers

Technology, Commerce, Industry & Education

Industry in Karnataka and Foreign tie ups
Embodiment of Hindu - Muslim unity

Membership with Jacobin Club
Tipu's contribution to rocket technology

Embodiment of Hindu - Muslim unity

An important aspect of his regime is his secular policy. Gandhiji wrote in
Young India that Tipu was an embodiment of Hindu-Muslim unity.
His letters to Sringeri Mutt speak volumes of his deep respect towards Hindu religious establishments. He furnished
Shri Shankaracharya with funds to reinstall the displaced image in the Sharada temple. He gave several articles of silver to Lakshmikantha temple and to many other temples.
Silver Vessel Presented to Ranganatha Temple
Silver Vessel presented to Ranganatha Temple by Tipu
Ranganatha temple at Srirangapatna was hardly a stone-throw from his palace from where he listened with equal respect to the temple bell and the Muezzin's call from the mosque. His civil list included quite a few non-Muslims in higher posts, besides the lower cadres which were almost entirely manned by them. Therefore, to say that Tipu was not tolerant is highly erroneous. If he was harsh on the Nairs of Malabar, the Christians of Mangalore, and the Raja of Coorg, that was because of political reasons as they were allied with the British. He did not spare the muslim Mopillas and Mahadevis either in the interest of law and order. He attacked the Nawabs of Savanur, Cuddapah and Kurnool, and was more hostile towards the Nizam than towards the Marathas. His harshness was politically motivated and not religiously inspired.
For a long time the colonials distorted our history to suit their imperial interests. They called our uprisings as mutinies, our heroes as villains, and our freedom fighters as usurpers and terrorists. The need is great to remove this wrong impression.
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