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Sunday, January 17, 2010 09:39:15 PM, News Desk

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Malegaon: Tanvir Sait, MLA in the Karnataka Assembly mooted the idea of starting educational institutions named after Tipu Sultan on the lines of Kittur Rani Chennamma and Morarji schools, reported The Hindu.


“They need not be institutions of higher education like medical college or engineering college, but can be even polytechnics that can help educate and make youngsters enterprising or employable", The Hindu quoted him as saying.


He was speaking at the three-day seminar that commenced here on Saturday. It is organised by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums and is the third in the series of programmes being held to mark the 150th anniversary of the First War of Indian Independence (1857).


According to the report, Sait regretted criticism directed at Tipu Sultan by a few members of the Government. It was the duty of the Department of Archaeology and Museums or the Department of Culture to counter the criticism effectively, but this did not happen, as a result of which misconceptions about Tipu Sultan continue to persist and get reinforced.


“People should realise that Tipu Sultan was not any alien but born and brought up in the region and was a Kannadiga,” Sait said.


Other speakers at the seminar on “Life and achievements of Tipu Sultan” called for conservation and promotion of Srirangapatna and rehabilitation of descendants of Tipu Sultan who are in dire straits. 


K.T. Srikante Gowda, MLC, spoke in a similar vein. He said that though the issue of rehabilitating Tipu Sultan’s descendants residing in Kolkata was discussed in the Legislative Council based on a report submitted by historian and the former Vice-Chancellor of the universities of Mangalore and Goa B. Sheik Ali, nothing materialised.


Prof. Sheik Ali, who delivered the presidential address, described Tipu Sultan as the most fascinating figure of the 18th century in India who had both a vision and a mission to liberate the country from foreign rule and make it prosperous.


Speakers touched upon the contribution of Tipu Sultan such as introduction of sericulture, expansion of trade, and interaction with the French in a bid to overthrow the British, among others.


About 50 papers will be presented by scholars on various aspects of Tipu Sultan’s rule, during the seminar.


Nigel Chancellor of Cambridge University released the book Ethno Marine Archaeology edited by L.N. Swamy. An exhibition showcasing coins of the Tipu Sultan era has been arranged to mark the occasion. B.R. Jayaramaraje Urs, Secretary, Kannada and Culture, and R. Gopal, Director of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, were among those present, reported The Hindu.






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