The present controversy is purely based on religious intolerance prevailing in the country. The religion these days is becoming more of a dividing force in our country thanks to the religious fanatics. These fanatics are driven more by intolerance than any religious beliefs. Now coming to the Tipu Jayanti let us think of what sort of person Tipu Sultan is? Does he require recognition? It all depends upon how we want to understand him. For some people, he was a freedom fighter, a valiant king, who was tolerant of all religions, generously financed Hindu temples and an able administrator. For some, he is a killer of Hindus and Christians and intolerant to other religions.
The history states that he fought valiantly against the British and considered as a freedom fighter. The Marathas, who are Hindus, invaded Mysore and surroundings in 1791 and ransacked the Sringeri Peetham and the Sharadamba temple. They damaged the temple and looted the temple of its valuable possessions. The Sringeri Swamiji wrote to Tipu Sultan and he immediately made all the necessary financial and other arrangements to run the Sringeri Peetham, which is the center of Hindu religion. How can one say that Tipu Sultan is intolerant to other religions? He gave generously to all the temples in his kingdom.
Those days there were many Kingdoms, small and big ruled by various Kings. They were always fighting with each other. Many people were killed during those wars belonging to all religions. The Hindu temples were mainly attacked because they had immense wealth with them. This was the main reason for the temples being attacked.
The protestors are protesting out of intolerance. Tipu Sultan deserves the recognition.
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