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Misconceptions about Tipu must be removed

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 09:28:36 PM, Agencies

Tanvir Sait for starting educational institutions named after Tipu Sultan: 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..... Read Full

The Sword of Tippu Sultan

Mysore: Speaking at the valedictory function of the three-day conference on 'The life and achievements of Tipu Sultan' Prof Nigel, Chancellor of Cambridge University, called upon historians to make the masses aware about the facts pertaining to Tipu Sultan, who had become a legendary figure.


Several misconceptions prevailed about this brave patriot, he said.


"Historians must be cautious that they do not mislead the readers of history by citing falsities or by over-glorifying the legendary personalities," he said.


The conference was  organised in Mysore by the Department of Archaeology, which concluded here today will submit its recommendations to both the Centre and the Karnataka government.


Prof Nigel further said historians must also ascertain the facts first before recording events about popular personalities.


Dr B Sheikh Ali, former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore and Goa Universities, asserted that the misconceptions in the minds of people about Tipu Sultan must be removed and facts recorded in the annals of history.


Earlier, Tanvir Sait, MLA in the Karnataka Assembly during the conference mooted the idea of starting educational institutions named after Tipu Sultan on the lines of Kittur Rani Chennamma and Morarji schools.


“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", Sait said while addressing the conference.


Regretting criticism directed at Tipu Sultan by a few members of the Government, he said, "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 during the conference.









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