Karnataka Battle Getting Fierce with the Entry of “Tipu Sultan Issue” in Election Campaign
- Posted on March 23, 2023
- By Akta Yadav
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In the run-up to the assembly elections in Karnataka, a fresh controversy has erupted over the death of Tipu Sultan, the 18th-century ruler of Mysore. The issue has become a political flashpoint, with Rival parties trading accusations and jostling for political advantage.
Tipu Sultan was killed in May 1799 during the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, when the British forces led by Arthur Wellesley stormed his fortress at Srirangapatna. The exact circumstances of his death have long been debatable, with various accounts offering different versions of events.
Recently, a book titled "The Tyranny of Tippoo Sultan" by Ira Mukhoty has reignited the controversy by suggesting that Tipu Sultan may have been killed by his men rather than by the British. The book, based on extensive research and draws on previously untapped sources, argues that Tipu's death occurred due to a palace coup engineered by his courtiers and advisers.
The book has prompted a strong reaction from some quarters, with notable historians and politicians questioning the author's credentials and accusing her of distorting history for political gain. Others have welcomed the book as a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate over Tipu Sultan's legacy and the contested history of the region.
The controversy is firing up the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka, where Tipu Sultan remains a polarizing figure. While some see him as a hero and a symbol of resistance against British colonialism, others view him as a tyrant who persecuted non-Muslims and sought to impose his will on the people.
The Indian National Congress, the main opposition party in Karnataka, has been vocal in its support for Tipu Sultan and has even celebrated his birth anniversary as a state holiday. The party sees him as a key part of the state's cultural heritage and a symbol of its proud history of resistance against external aggression.
On the other hand, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party in the state, has taken a different view and has sought to portray Tipu Sultan as a divisive and controversial figure.
The party has accused Congress of playing politics with history and has called for a more balanced and nuanced approach to the study of the region's past.
The controversy over Tipu Sultan's death is likely to continue to simmer in the coming weeks as rival parties seek to gain an Edge in what promises to be a closely fought election. However, the issue is not just about electoral politics but about the contested history and identity of Karnataka and the wider region.