Tipu Jayanti 2017 The historical evidence on the ‘Tiger of Mysore’ can be read as competing narratives
10 November, 2017, 11:24
Asserting that the Government should be celebrating Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar Jayanti with more fervour, instead of Tipu Jayanti, he alleged that Tipu was out to destroy the Wadiyar dynasty which had made great contribution for the development of Mysuru and the State. A year ago celebrations were rather peaceful, although protests continued with a lot of security in place.
Despite continued controversy, the birth anniversary of the 18th century ruler of the Mysore Kingdom Tipu Sultan is being celebrated by the Congress-led Karnataka government in the state today.
The women members held the pestle, symbolic of Onake Obavva killing soldiers of Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan, using the pestle when they attacked Chitradurga Fort. The order was passed by a bench comprising Acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar after the petitioner failed to convince the court which had sought to know whether the expenses on Tipu Jayanti celebrations were being incurred by the state.
Earlier in the day while protesting against the celebration, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that the Congress-led government is anxious about Tipu Sultan instead of the state's public.
Security has been tightened for the big day.
Tipu Jayanti is being observed since 2015 following a government decision.
Kodagu Bandh has been called on November 10. "Whatever may be the celebration, we are not going to permit any processions for Tipu Jayanthi". As many as 4,000 police personnel have been deployed in four districts- Dakshina Kannada, Chikkamagalur, Uttara Kannada and Udupi. "The government itself is celebrating the event in various parts of the city for which we have made elaborate arrangements".
"If BJP's elected representatives don't want to participate, we have told district administrations to remove their names from the invitations", she added.Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said, "I have instructed police to act tough against those who try to disturb communal harmony".
Section 144, which prohibits assembly of five or more people, has been imposed in Kodagu, which witnessed violence a year ago.