1. What is the exact
birth year of Tipu Sultan, Is it 1749,50 or 52?
The exact year of Tipu Sultans birth date is not
definite. Some authors mention
his birth year to be 1750 but 52 is generally accepted by
most of the historians.
2. It is said that Tipu Sultan was a fanatic, that he forced Hindus to convert
Islam, is it true?
We have not come across any authentic documents or statement about
ill-treatment of Hindus, who outnumber his subjects
belonging to all other
communities. On the contrary, there is an overwhelming
evidence in the
historical records of his fair & freindly treatment of the
3. Who was the pioneer of sericulture, sugar, sandalwood,
toy industry, arms & armaments & ship building in India?
A large number of workshops were set up by
Tipu Sultan which manufactured
guns, muskets, glass, cannon, paper, cutlery, cloth, sugar, and a host
articles. For sericulture cutlery and sandalwood he had experts from China to setup related industries. It was his dream to keep Mysore in the vanguard of
4. What happened to Tipu Sultans descendents after his death?
His descendents were at first sent to Vellore Little
Mysore but later they were
shifted to Calcutta in 1806. His descendents consisting of 52
people left Madras
by sea on Aug 28. This included Tipu Sultans 12 sons & 24
grandsons. (Of all of
Tipu Sultans sons Ghulam Muhammad is the only notable one). One
Muhammads grandsons and a great grandson were in turn sherieffs
Calcutta in 1891 and 1913. The family lived on Royal pensions in and
Calcutta. There after the position of some branches of the family
until today's descendents of Tipu Sultan are to be found in many of the
walks of life, mainly in Bengal.