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Biography Biography
Tipu Sultan
Steps towards Political development
By Prof. Sheik Ali
(Former Vice Chancellor of Goa & Mangalore Universities)

Alliance against the English

French Connection
Friendship with Louis XVI
Tipu's dream of a Republic
Relations with Afghanistan
Relations with Iran


Friendship with Louis XVI

Louis XVI received Tipu's ambassadors on 3rd August 1788 & professed great friendship for Tipu, but evaded the main issue of an alliance, as France was on the eve of its great revolution. The ministry had changed & in the place of Marechal de Castries, who was Tipu's friend, Comte de La Luzerene, had succeeded who was not for any bold policy. Far from sending more troops to India he had withdrawn those that were in India to be stationed in the isle of France. The embassy left Paris in October 1788 & reached Pondicherry in May 1789. Louis XVI sent his own representative, Macnemera to pay a courtesy call to Tipu. A few technicians too came from France to help Tipu's industrial program.

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