Historians hail Tipu’s legacy

Notwithstanding the controversy surrounding Tipu Sultan in the present times, historians credit him with being far-sighted and hail his legacy that may be fading out of public memory.

Tipu Sulthan and his father Hyder Ali are credited for experimenting with rocket technology that was used against the British effectively. Some of the missiles are on display at the Royal Artillery Museum in England. Many are not aware that Tipu Sultan had made efforts to popularise sericulture and started 21 mulberry cultivation centres in Mysore. The Mysore Gazetteer notes that sugarcane cultivation received impetus during the regime of Tipu Sultan. Efforts were made to build a dam across Cauvery near Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir. Historians also credit Tipu Sultan with introducing prohibition, taking steps for the development of livestock, and encouraging cattle breeding.