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Mangalore: 'Tipu did nothing for education; name university after Rev Kittel'

Mangalore: 'Tipu did nothing for education; name university after Rev Kittel'

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (BG)

Mangalore, Feb 15: In the wake of the controversy over the name of the proposed Tipu Sultan University at Srirangapattana, social activist on Friday February 15 came up with the suggestion that the university should be named after Rev Ferdinand Kittel.

Addressing a press meet here, he said, “I have come to Mangalore with two main intentions - prevention of corruption and to discuss the issue of naming the university in Srirangapatna in Mysore as Tipu Sultan University. Tipu Sultan was a great warrior, no doubt, but he has made no contributions to the field of education. He was the one who forcibly converted nearly 70,000 to 80,000 Catholics of the coastal regions in Srirangapatna.

“The central government has been hurting the sentiments of the Catholics, especially of the coastal regions. The central government has been trying to please and motivate Muslims by choosing Tipu Sultan’s name. I would like to directly question the Congress whether they are not worried about hurting the feelings of the Catholics of the coastal regions. Doesn’t Congress need our votes?” he said.

“The best suggestion is to name the university after Rev Kittel because he has done and achieved a great deal in the field of education. He has contributed a lot to the people of Karnataka. He was the one to draft the first Kannada-English dictionary,” reiterated Abraham.

“No individual or citizen of this nation would oppose it if the university is named after Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, as he has done a lot,” he added.

“Illegal sand mining has been on at a high rate in Udupi district from the past 10 to 15 years. Udupi has moreover become like mini Bellary in terms of sand mining. I will be visiting Udupi and taking up a campaign against sand mining and the corruption rooted in this,” said Abraham. 

He was accompanied by Raphael Raj, secretary, AKK Christian Kannada Association.

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  • mohd , mangalore

    Sun, Feb 17 2013

    I am aware of the contribution of rev kittel to kannada literature composing a dictionary being a foreigner truely great.but the gentleman is totally ignorant regarding hazrath tippu sulthan the administration,contribution, my advise to the gentleman is pls study more about tippu sulthan and then jump in to conclusion."HAZRATH TIPPU SULTHAN" IS The only individual British have highest esteem.And if u talk about patriotisam there is no better example than tippu sulthan.

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  • MOHANDAS TALWAR, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 17 2013

    Mr.Gerald,Modankap what good work of British thieves do you appreciate, their loot ? they have looted country to the core, all precious treasures like Kohinoor have been looted. what good things are you talking about British, Indians where always sincere and innocent before the British these British have done nothing good for India instead they took advantage of the innocence of Indians and looted India,if there is corruption now in India it is because of the British, if they have build a few buildings then that is for their comfort,not to improve India did they allow any Indians to dwell in the building they built ? If tippu would have continued as a king then he would not have let these British thieves to loot and steal the way they stole and looted India.

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Sun, Feb 17 2013

    Mr.Kittel was German not a British citizen.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 17 2013

    I appreciate the move by the Christian organizations and
    All Christians should approach right authorities and press
    The need to name a Christian university in the name of Rev. Ferdinand Kittel
    Christians have contributed much to the education and to the society as a whole.
    There are scores of Christian educational institutions all over Karnataka.

    The British had a plan of greater India including present Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. However the forces within India have divided the country. The British have constructed Pools, bridges, educational institutions, Administrative offices, Health facilities/Ladygoshen, etc., etc., above all a rule of law without corruption. Equality was brought by them inspite of castism was prevalent.

    Concerning to conversions nobody is less nor more.
    Hindus have done conversions.
    Christians have done conversions.
    Muslims have done conversions.
    Buddhists have done conversions.
    The History is witness to this effect.

    Here below the commentators are blindly commenting about conversions.

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Very good suggestion.

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  • Santhosh, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Name it Dr APJ Abdul Kalam University.
    Problem solved.

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  • varun, mangalore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Name it as srirangpatna university.

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  • rizwan, Dubai/Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    It is better to name it as ABRAHAM UNIVERSITY for having raised this issue...Then I don't think this gentleman will have any problem. By the way who is this Mr. Kittel !!!!

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  • YOUSUF, Bangalore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Edu nammalli puli puntuva karyakrama...puli ya kelasa nadeyuddilla

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  • Arjun, Moodbidri

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    University Munde ondu board haakuva.. "PUDAR DEETHIJJI" antha....

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  • praveen mendonca, mangalore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    If Tippu Sultan has done nothing to India then better take out his subject in Social studies,History. Better name the university to the place where it belongs.Politicians are the trouble makers for the sake of power

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Does Tippu care or Rev Kittel or Dr
    MV?? What's the 'intention' or 'motive' behind this naming controversies?? I'm sure the parents of all these well known figures may not have such a problem
    'naming' them during their cradling
    ceremony! Life is very simple-live it that way please.....

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Name this University to non controversial person's name.
    Freedom fighter like Anni Beasant, who is Anglo Indian sounds good.

    There is a also most respected, accepted King, KING AKBAR. One can name the University after him.

    Decision makers should go for solutions rather create issues adn controversies.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Now I feel Tipu Sultan University name is far better than anybody else name. Again people like Abraham and Raphael Raj came down from Heaven to talk about “Prevention of corruption and to discuss the issue of naming the university as Tipu Sultan University” These two Guys shows much sympathy towards those people forcibly converted from Catholics to Muslims. But they talk nothing about conversion of Hindus or Muslims to Catholics on systematic ways. No need to come down to Udupi. As it is we are happy and our peaceful life is already disturbed by many “Paadyatra devotees” recent past. We do not have any problem with Sand mining in Udupi region. It was stopped for two years but now we face acute water reservoir problem due to stoppage of sand removal and moreover sand price has been sky rock tiered like anything. You want to talk about corruption? Then shift your base to Delhi and you will get everyday new chapter to discuss about corruption by UPA Government. There you will not talk about corruption since UPA Government is headed by a lady & her team having faith in Catholics correct?

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  • Avinash Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Name of anyone or any religion doesn't help. First you go give good and free education to the people. It is more than naming university. Make people educated and it helps to have corruption free and secular country.There are many uneducated people in Mangalore spoiling the development of Mangalore. Make them educated. make Mangalore Secular and developed..Let multi national companies come to Mangalore and unemployed get jobs.

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  • GERALD, Modankap

    Sat, Feb 16 2013


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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Tippu only tortured catholics. He was a cruel man and dictator!!
    British were far better!!
    It is because of British, India is good in English and can compete in world level. They got train and road network to India with a quality of work better than todays modern age technology controlled by corrupt Babus!

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  • RK, mangalore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    pokkade famous ayere stunt malpunee...

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Controversial naming game is not ON MERIT, but a cunning ploy used by shrewd politicians to manipulate and bring in sharp division amongst the religions.
    Their intentions are to divide, marginalize and rule so that threats to governance are minimized.

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  • Naufal, Uddabettu

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Why so many chaos. Let's name it as "non political university"and keep away this university from politics.

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  • Paul, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Name it as "name less university". No blame no name.Why fight?

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  • Suraj, Dubai/Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Tippu did not did anything for education,how you know his name is shining because he is a freedom fighter,mr what u did Mr. for India

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  • Sathish R, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Its really Pathetic in india, what ever Govt Proposes people have some other reason to oppose that, Does name really makes a difference? How many names we changed these years just for our personal greed or just to fool people. Tippu sultan converted Christians into muslims because Britsih converted Hindus in to christains... In this context he really did a great job.. At any context Tippu Sultan name is more famous than any other. Univesities bearing Holy names makes difference in students life?. Its not the name , its the quality of educatiion we have to fight for..We have to put pressure on govt to bring world class universties, not for names.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    He is another useless fellow. He is blind at congress corruption.

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  • juliana, udupi

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Darwin theory of Survival of the fittest can be adopted in this case. Tippu followers less hence controversy.

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  • A. Ashraf, Udyavar / Dubai

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Dear B. Mani, yes, you are absolutely right

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    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Elections getting nearer and vote banks are not FOOL PROOF!1

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  • B.Mani, Jeddah, saudi arabia

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Excellent! Tipu has not done anything for the progress of education in India,, fine,, agreed. somebody proposed managlore airport to be named as Rani abbakka airport.. Just a question.. Rani abbakka has done great contribution in the feild of AVIATION? The same applies from Chatrapti Shivaji airport! what is chatrapati Shivaji's contribution towards aviation... same applies for most of the names in India...

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    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Voice of voiceless?Why making hue and cry with regular intervals?The issue is not put in to action and it is only a proposal.Some are how we did not learn all these non sense news in our school days.Mr Abrham are you came down to Mangalore to arrest corruption or going to Udupi to agitate sand Mafia or call for a press meet on the issue of University?Where were when Churches were attacked across Karnataka?Where were you when hapless Christians women chased/beaten mercilessly by police even from churches(visit You tube)Where were you when defender of place of worship sent to jail?You can't eradicate/control corruption nor you can't control illegal sand mining in Udupi.

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  • Avinash, Kasaragod/Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 15 2013

    Yes what you said is 100% correct. There some people like Rev. Kittel, Sir Mirja Ismail, Vishveshwaraih,Dr.Kalam etc.. whose name we can put. This will make everyone to feel proud.

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  • jeevan, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 15 2013

    Congis...No tippu university at all for vote bank politics... if you really concerned i suggest to dedicate this minority university to Mother teresa university symbol of love and her dedicated social service of the cosmic women.. we no objection but no to tippu.....

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