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Updated: January 19, 2013 00:44 IST

‘Srirangapatna associated with Tipu’

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Jnanpith award winner, Playwright, actor Girish Karnad
Jnanpith award winner, Playwright, actor Girish Karnad

Reacting to the controversy, Girish Karnad, said: “If there is a university in Srirangapatna, it has to be named after Tipu Sultan. There is no question about it. He was our great fighter and Srirangapatna is a place associated with him.” He said that the controversy around Tipu Sultan was raked up before and is being raked up yet again. “One cannot go on reacting to prejudiced, full-time activists like Chidanandamurthy.”

One of Karnad’s famous plays, “The Dreams of Tipu Sultan”, explores the inner life of the warrior and the political visionary who fought the British and died in war with the Colonial army in 1799.

Vasu M.V, Associate Professor, Department of History, Bangalore University said: “Tipu Sultan in my opinion represents the leader who brought modernity that entered India. He had good affiliation with the members of the French Revolution and was deeply inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution. He perceived the concept of nationalism among Indians. He also fought against the colonial rulers and can be called as the first freedom fighter of India. He is the only one in the world who surrendered his children for the cause of the nation during the 3rd Anglo Mysore war. The recent protests by various groups against naming the university after him are meaningless. I believe that the university should be named after him so that the university is honoured by keeping his name.”

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This is to express concern over the biased reporting on the proposal to establish a university at Srirangapatna and name it after Tipu Sultan. While an historian opposed to the move like Dr. Chidanandamurthy is consistently reviled in your newspaper, no attempt has been made to seek his views on the issue.

Incidentally there are secular citizens opposed to the establishment of a new university at great public cost. They are also opposed to the myth making and personality cult that has flourished in the guise of nationalism. History is being sacrificed at the altar of ideology. It is time that The Hindu reflected views of citizens who do not belong to the political divide on this issue.

from:  Nagesh havanur
Posted on: Jan 19, 2013 at 17:37 IST
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