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Bengaluru: Tipu would have enjoyed status of Shivaji if he was a Hindu: Karnad


Bengaluru, Nov 10 (PTI): Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad today said 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed the same status as of Maratha king Chhatrapathi Shivaji, if he was a Hindu and not a Muslim.

In another remark that stoked a controversy, Karnad said it would have been "apt" had the Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli near here been named after Tipu Sultan rather than Kempegowda, a feudatory ruler under the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire which founded Bengaluru in 1537.

The remarks by the noted Kannada playwright and actor came at a state government organised function to mark the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan held amid tight security at the state Secretariat in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The statewide celebrations are being boycotted by BJP and protested by several outfits who see the ruler of the erstwhile Mysore kindgom as a "religious bigot" and "anti-Kannadiga." The protests led to violence at Madikeri in Kodagu district claiming one life.

"I feel that if Tipu Sultan was a Hindu and not Muslim he would have attained the position in Karnataka that Shivaji Maharaj enjoys in Maharashtra," Karnad said.

Maintaining that Tipu is deprived of such a status owing to his religious persuasion, he said, "Because what has happened is today our scholars and politicians look at one's religion and caste first...."

"Injustice has happened to Tipu Sultan because of this type of evaluation..." he added.

Taking potshots at those calling Tipu Sultan "anti- Kannada and anti-Hindu", Karnad said, "Today, when we are celebrating this day as Deepawali and Tipu Sultan day, we can also celebrate it as Bihar day."

His Bihar day remark was an apparent jibe at BJP, which was routed in the Assembly polls. Karnad has always made known his ideological opposition to BJP.

Expressing similar opinion to that of Karnad while recounting the contributions of Tipu Sultan to the people of his kingdom, Siddaramaiah said "...If he was born as Hindu he would have got similar respect in Karnataka and the entire country, that Shivaji enjoys."

Siddaramaiah said, "We should not look at a person through his religion or caste perspective, but keeping in mind the good work done by him to the people. That is what we have done today by celebrating Tipu jayanti."

Karnad also said it would have been "apt" to name Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli after Tipu Sultan instead of Kempegowda as the latter was not a freedom fighter.

He noted that naming airport after Tipu Sultan would be more appropriate as Devanahalli was his birth place.

"I'm aware what I'm saying now will be debated....As we know Kolkata airport is named after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mumbai airport is named after Shivaji Maharaj, but in Karnataka we have named it after Kempegowda," Karnad said.

"It is true that Kempegowda was great, he founded Bangaluru, but he was not a freedom fighter, so naming Bengaluru airport after Tipu Sultan would have been apt."

Karnad's remarks on Kempegowda international airport came in for attack from the BJP which said he had insulted the founder of Bengaluru on an issue which was a "closed chapter."

"Karnad is reopening a closed chapter and creating a new controversy....He has made name through controversies. His remarks are unfortunate and condemnable," state's senior BJP leader R Ashoka told reporters here. He also questioned the silence of the Chief Minister when Karnad made the remark.

Tipu was a ruler of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore, who was considered an implacable enemy of the British East India Company. He was killed in May 1799 while defending his fort of Srirangapatna against the British forces.

Speaking at the event Siddaramaiah also said there is no "political interest" behind organising Tipu Jayanti.

Calling those opposing the event as "fanatics" and "communal forces", he said, "Until these communal forces exist such oppositions and controversies are common."

Siddaramaiah said politicising an event organised to pay respect to Tipu Sultan is "not correct".

"Whichever religion or caste that he may belong to, he has fought for the nation and has laid down his life for the people, so it is our duty to show respect," he added.

Several literary personalities and historians like Baraguru Ramachandrappa, Ko Channabasappa, Prof Shaik Ali, N V Narasimaiah who spoke at the event took exception to Tippu being labelled as anti-Hindu and anti-Kannada.

Recounting his contributions to promote communal and linguistic tolerance in his kingdom, they called him "truly secular."

In Delhi, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi made it clear that the ruling dispensation in Karnataka is not going to be "cowed down by such a lunatic fringe."

"Tipu Sultan was a great ruler in many respects. Like all 'Rulers', he had his failings and shortcomings - no doubt about it," he said, adding that the "lunatic fring of the Right" fail to understand the syncretic culture of India.

He said these attempts to rewrite history, this attempt to change history and this attempt to be selective about history, is condemnable.


Comment on this article

  • nasir, mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 12 2015

    Our internal fighting each other
    its door open for out-siders.
    In history Britisher ruled india,
    Are you accept it repeat again.
    This is time to think for future.

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  • PEDDU, MANGALURU

    Thu, Nov 12 2015

    THIS GIRISH SHOULD PUT A TATOO OF TIPU ON HIS FOREHEAD THEN I SALUTE HIM !! AND I AGREE WITH HIS STATEMENT

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  • John Tauro, M'luru / Kwt

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Shivaji is held in high esteem by the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra since they consider him as their role model and patron. A striking similarity between him and Tipu is both were brave warriors in their respective kingdoms. While Tipu fought against the British, Shivaji fought against the Mughals. Both fought against their enemies to protect their respective kingdoms from foreign invaders and for their own survival. While there are controversies regarding Tipu especially his religious persecution and killing of Non-Muslims, Shivaji’s history had remained non-controversial. Moreover he is being praised for fighting against the fanatical emperor Aurangzeb.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Last pic is confusing one...Is it Jayanti or SHOKACHARANE ?

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  • Akarshad, England

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    You Dumb Guys dont know when is tippus Birth Date, What Kind of Intellectuals are you guys?
    He was born on 20th Jan 1750

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  • Mahendra Shetty, Mumbai Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    YOU KNOW NOW WHY THIS GUY GOT JNANAPITH AWARD? BECAUSE OF THESE TYPE OF CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS.....THE CHOR SICKULAR GOVT GIVEN THIS AWARD FOR BASHING HINDUS.....

    IF HE WANT TO GIVE RESPECT TO TIPPU, LET HIM NAME HIS SON NAME AS A TIPPU WHY HE GAVE OTHER NAME?

    VINAASHA KAALAKKE VIPAREETHA BUDDHI....THIS WORD SUITS FOR CHOR GOVT AND NIDDERAMAYYA......

    TOMORROW WE CAN EXPECT YAKUB MEMON JAYANTHI!

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Also, his real name: Fateh Ali

    Controversies from all angles
    Beech me pasgaya Girish Karnad.

    Thank God Mr. Modi is quiet.

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  • Sky, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    i know why few christian ppl are opposing Tipu Sultan (Tiger Of Maysore)
    Main reason was few christian ppl were supporting to british and spying to british.
    so he may be killed few christian ppl who were supporting british.

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  • Ahmed, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Tipu Sultan is not a freedom fighter. Who is “ a Freedom Fighter”? A person who takes part in a revolutionary struggle to achieve a political goal, especially in order to overthrow their government. In Tipu’s case, British did not invade Mysore at that time but, they were trying to. So, Tipu is patriotic for his kingdom. He fought against British to safe guard his kingdom and his people.

    He did not fight for INDIA. The concept of INDIA was not there as there were as many as 565 princely states. For each other they were different Nations altogether. There were wars and killings among those kingdoms for power and capture.

    Region of Mysore / Kannada land ruled by various dynasties. Many had to face wars or wage wars for different reasons. We do not consider any of them to be bad rulers. But, only the credit goes to Tipu Sultan is, he is the first King who fought against British the Invaders who captured whole of Indian sub continent and dominated us for centuries.

    Different opinions about any historical person is very common. Some may like him some don’t. Some may agree with him some may not. There and hundreds of controversial persons in the history. For instant Nathuram Godse, some say he is a traitor some say he is a hero.

    Congress if trying to appease Muslims for “Vote bank politics”? what they will acheive with mere 14% of votes. Instead appease all the population if they need votes.

    Please don’t kill people in the name of those who already DIED.

    Now, some may agree and some may disagree with my above comments.

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  • kokeri, Indian/Abudhabi

    Thu, Nov 12 2015

    Well said Ahmed...

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  • Girish, Karkala / Riyadh

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    With due respect to every one, if Bengaluru airport to named after Tippu because he is freedom fighter then what about 'first woman freedom fighter of India' Rani Abbakka who fought against Portuguese. Why don't govt celebrate her jayanthi. what about Kittur Rani Chennamma. They are not deserved Jayanti.
    Why govt forgot these warrior queens because they are woman's or they Hindu's.
    If this is not the case then govt has to tell who is "fanatics" and "communal forces"
    CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Siddu gurantee Onake obavva Jayanti maadudilla..Yakandre Obavva,Hyder Ali sainikara mandege onakeyinda baarisiddale..aa novu Sidduge egaloo ide..thats why to take revenge,he is celebrating Tippu Jayanti..

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  • Tiger, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Has anybody named any girl child in ur family as "Abbakka" "obbavva" or chenamma??

    Y dont u wear Tshirts with their portraits on the chest.?

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  • SURESH MAROLI, MANGALORE/BAHRAIN

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    If Tipu Sultan was a much-loved and respected Muslim ruler, as claimed by his present-day admirers, why is it that even Muslim do not name their children as Tipu, either in Mysore or in Malabar? Obviously, the name itself is a cursed name

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  • HM, Mlore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Actual name of Tipu is Fateh Ali .

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  • Christine, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    i appreciate Tippu Sultan for his role in protecting Mysore, his benevolence towards his subjects etc except the cruelty with which he dealt with the people who practiced religion of British. They were indeed innocent people who suffered tremendous pain, cruelty and loss of life because of Tippu Sultans misguided belief that all those who practiced Christianity are the supporters of British.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Christine, Mangalore,
    I really fail to understand, when scores of our ancestors were tortured and killed by this Tipu Sultan on prejudice, how do you generously appreciate him!
    What we got to do with his freedom struggle and protecting Mysore when he killed his own subjects?
    How is he a freedom fighter when fought against British and aligned with French!
    Attacked Malabar King for expanding his own kingdom, is it freedom fight?

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  • Sadi, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    G Karnad rightly said. One sentence is millions worth. What Shivaji did for society or India? What Tippu Sultan's contribution, people must analyze.
    Tippu did only "wrong" thing is he fought against British..! That's the reason many haters in this forum.

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  • Pancha, kuwait

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    karnad may be right but the timing is absolutely wrong....this shows no matter what you are, wisdom is purely a gift and Karnad is miserably a deprived soul.

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  • Robert Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Vinasha Kalakke Vipareetha Buddhi - this is what the Congress is heading to.
    1. Ruling party is using tax payers money in putting advertisement in newspapers on Tippu. Can this wasteful expenditure incur PIL ( does the PIL have merit)?

    2.Perform of perish - Siddhu. The Congress has severe deficit in intelligence in understanding the voters.

    3. Girish Karnad: people who read newspapers also have some school education and therefore have learnt the history of Tippu. Do we need this wasteful expenditure. Why compare with Shivaji - are you in politics?

    4. Religious leaders ( men) want the lime light and therefore it is not Tippu they want to celebrate but themselves.

    5. Politicians of the least class - time and again create divisive politics to sway people away from their lack of performance and to polarize votes.

    6. Yettina Hole politician( also a "poet") is also seen here in the pictures. Do we need these leaders? do we need this party?

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  • Agnello DSouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Tipu Sultan is a historical figure with historical significance. To make him a hero is wrong. This divide and rule legacy of the British is carried on by the present generation of politicians of all parties and its sad that we are still gullible to their ploys.

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  • Allen, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Actually there is no communal feelings among the people at large. People from all communities live their daily life peacefully with each other. Political parties and some fanatic leaders from all communities are trying their best to divide the people. But it is unfortunate that recently, even the Buddijeeves have joined the band wagon in misleading and flaring up communal hatred among the people instead of guiding them!

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  • avani, mlore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    He is not Girish Karnad but Girish Tarenad (head ache).

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  • Hemanth, bangalore/Mnaglore/CT

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Why this kind of provoking statements in this time ? do you want more people to loose their life ?

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  • Rohan, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    who cares.....................lol

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  • karthik, mangalore/abu dhabi

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    y not kittor rani chennammma jayanthi, sangolli rayanna jayanthi, onake obavva jayanthi, rani abbakka jayanthi. these worriers jayanthi also celebrated in karnataka, bcs these ppl also fought against british.also tippu born on nov 20th bt gov celebrated on 10th nov. this government is sick. may be birth certificate of tippu is got under congress government.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Tipu is as controversial figure as Modi, except for tipu died a matryar, sacrificing his own sons.

    Why? People who support Modi say, he stood for Hindu's, there was development, justice, post-godhra riots all lived in harmony. The aggrived party never going to accept. It is same case with Tipu's case, the aggrived never going to accept.

    History is already there, text-books already narrate the tale. So, the credit is already given where required and so is the dis-credit.

    This is a political game to inflame passion and that is already seen in the comments both pro and against.

    The best way forward is IGNORE.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Someone should try to find out his ancestry or family roots!

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  • Fredrick Caastelino, Udyavara

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    This is purely political.

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  • B Prakash Kamath, Mannagudda,

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Naaz what according to you is majority. C the comments here and calculate. If you need help i am there.

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  • naaz, mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Dear prakash,

    Not only count this article but compare all the article which are related tippu jayanthi

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  • nasir, mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Mr Karnad such a politically comments,
    you will be getting more ROLLS in film industry.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    I think our so called Buddhijeevis/writers have some unique problem..All of a sudden they talk some utter nonsense..
    1.Arundati Roy was having good time with Kashmir Terrorist Yasin Malik in Srinagar and blaming Inidan Army,She is the one who wants to return Award (not cash and site)

    2.Kannada wrter Bhagawan wants to burn Bhagwadgita..This man does not know how dangerous his statement is !! Simply it will lead to communal violence.

    3.Jnanapeetha awardee Gireesh Karnad wants to change Kempegowda Intl Airport name as Tipu Sultan Intl Airport..Let him change his name as Girish SUTAN Karnad..we don't have any objections..If he does not know about Tipu Sultan,let him check wikipedia and know more about Tipu Sultan..

    These buddihjivis didn't do anything special for minorities..no charity work or anything..by giving such a stupid statements they think that they are with minorities..Pure Drama..Even someof the Muslim brothers commented sensibly in daii,saying we don't want any Jayanti..we want to live peacefully..Tippu was killed 200 years ago..How come celebrating Tipu Jayanti NOW struck Siddu's mind..Million $ Question..

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  • naaz, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Dear All,

    Please observe all the related comments related Tippu Jayanthi, nor muslim, Christian & not Hindus are in majority supporting this celebration. Then congress appeasing whom? there should have a poll and peoples mandate should be respected. Its a really waste to the country from these unwanted things.
    Jai Hind

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    ..look at the Muslim leaders sitting at the podium who provoke community member now & then sighting religious sentiments whether its about YOGA/VANDEMATARTAM so on..i grown up in area where 95% populations are muslims, i attend primary school with them..as i know (if not true please correct me), one can not make picture with eyes, cant put photos, statues & garland deceased..thats may be the reason i didnt find photos (except Holy site)on the walls of my friends house , whether its parents or themselves or Animals/Birds..i still think majority of community members not happy with this event (except few)..But look at the above picture & the politics..instead of using funds to scholorship,emplyment..these people spend on lavish functions..

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  • naaz, mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Exatly dear rameshanna,

    These guys not representing the whole community, they are only interested only for their worldly gains(political, personel etc)
    But as far any controversial event we should avoid and cancel those functions if it will lead to community weather it may be from any religion. We indian need peace firstly not the celebration. If there is no peace then where is unity with we indians.
    Jai Hind

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  • sid, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Dongis will re-write history now . Intolerant Tippu who killed lakhs of hindus and Christians is now Chiddus favorite .

    We should also celebrate babar and aurangzeb , congress votes will increase.

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  • Elroy, Karkala

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    I dont understand , what this tippu or shivaji or aurangazeb or whoever king did for India. India was not in the picture at that time. Neither they were united to fight against British. They used british to fight against each other. They did for their survival. Why we have to bring them to India. Let them be in history books. Why we need controversies which doesnt amke any sense to our nation.People of India are not bothered about tippu or shivaji. If you want to respect them do it within youor within communities dont bring it to public. Respect thoe who worked for the beterment of mankind.

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Shivaji did not kill his own subjects the way Tipu did.

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  • Dolphy D' Souza, Pandeshwar, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Considering present situation and political scenario Karnand's statements may look wrong. But I fully endorse what Karnad said , because it is nothing but TRUTH. Please introspect yourself without any biased opinion. Let us all learn to respect the TRUTH even when it is bitter. Always witness the TRUTH, YOU WILL WITNESS YOURSELF.

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  • MK SHETTY, Udupi/Dubai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    INTOLERANCE STATEMENT BY SO CALLED BUDDHIJEEVI.. Haahaha

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  • Francis Mathias, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Karnad is bent on creating communal chaos in the state. Karnad's statement at this juncture is aiming at developing more rift between hindus and muslims. Let us examine now who is behind creating environment of INTOLERANCE in India.
    This is never expected from intellectuals like Karnad. Jnanpith awardee has poured more oil on the burning fire. Karnad has instigated poor public by injecting his thoughtsNwhich are based on his views at wrong time. Will he be held responsible for violence that may take place owing to his controversial statement ? Our CM is on mauna vratham.

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Francis, can any one tell what is the need for Govt to support people like KARNAD/BAGWAN who now & then give communal statement intellectually..if K Bhat is dividing community, then what good these intellectuals doing..How far one can go exercising freedom of expression?..even people who stood for CHARLEY HABDO, started to curse them when they once again published cartoon, and mocked dead syrian kid..some one say Ram is drunkard, burn book, eat COW so on provoking sentiments and they get awarded for creativity, then what message Govt is giving!!

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  • Francis Mathias, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Ramesh, It is very unfortunate that we have leaders and intellectuals of that caliber heading our government whose statements have landed us in this situation today. Providing security now to Karnad @ the cost of public money for his own controversial statement. Who is accountable for this ? Let Siddhu explain to the public.

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  • Anilkumar, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Karnad sir , I request plz be quite dont give some religious damaging statement . It doest mean you can speak what ever you want after you grow old ! Uriyo benki ge thuppa suriyo kelsa madbardu .

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    ..and this is BUDDHIJEEVI, look how he is pouring oil to fire instead of cooing it down..and these are seculars!!..first & far most, every one said its not about his faith but about his Governance..as per one version, Christians & Kodavas are most suffered from TIPU so they have reason to protest..KARANAD a Congress chela, who campaigns for Congress in every elections should tell why TIPU not made Hero like Shivaji since 60 years?..No one seen Shivaji, but he was made Hero by Govts..who was in power since 60 years!!..Now, this KARNAD says tries to communalise issue same like politicians..and these people get Award for their noble works..what a pity..

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  • Mukthar Ahmed, Mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Muslims are against Tipu Jayanthi...Karnad should understand...Why venerate any king......Let past be past...It is not about renaming airport...Dont add fuel to disturb the peace of the state...

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Very correct, let's appreciate the contribution and honour APJ Kalam instead.

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  • Elroy, Karkala

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Its not the question which king killed whom. Ashoka killed somebody. Shivaji killed somebody. Every Kingdom has bloodshed.But the question here is what is the importance of these Kings in Democratic India. India was not built by these Kings. So why to honour them. Tomorrow somebody will tell about Ashoka Jayanti. Aurangazeb, Akbar. People of India would have forgotten their names if these Kings were not mentioned in History books. So why to give importance to Kings. Shivaji fought for Particular community. Not for India. Its just foolishness to support Kings.

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Kings /army fight with another King/army for expansion/defending their Kingdom, is normal.
    But Tipu killed his own subjects in prejudice!
    He aligned with French, who are Catholics, whereas British are generally protestant. Where is his logic?

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  • masif, Jubail

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    i am agree with sir,if he not from minority not only status, may be remember every independence day his contribution of freedom & Picture of fighting with British

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  • India First, India

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    With due respect to his contribution to literature and cinema, I expect Mr. Karnad to talk sense. It is better for all of us to maintain status quo..! His provocative statements can give births to many more Mutalik & Yogi Adithyanaths in our society.

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  • Eagle , Karnad

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    I totally agree with girish karnads statement

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Too bad Bangalore airport has already been named, but if these turn coats had their way they would rename Bangalore itself to Sultanpur, Sultanabad or some funny name.

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  • UMMAR, MANGALORE

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    GIRISH KARNAD IS RIGHT IF BE A HINDHU NO MORE OBJECTION FOR THIS ISSUE BEC UNFORTUNATELY HE A MUSLIM SO BJP MAKING SOME TYPE OF STORY AND FOR VOTE BANK

    I HEARD SAYING THAT TIPPU KILLED THE HINDHU AND CHRISTIAN MAY BE HE KILLED ONE SUPPORT TO BRITISH HE MAY KILLED THAT NOT WRONG WE NEED INDIAN INDEPENDENCE AND WE NEED TO CLEAR THE ALL WAY

    SOME PEOPLE THAT DAYS WITH BRITISH THE REAL FREEDOM FIGHTER AND GAVE HIS LIFE FOR INDIA...

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  • Alwyn, Canadian

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    What is happening today around the world also not different than what Happend during that Era.it's sad. Freedom is the core of human life but when freedom has stolen for selfish ways them life has no meaning. Please read the history of Tippu and people still deserve justice for destroyed lifes

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    What you are commenting.. He has forcibly converted and killed Non Muslims..

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Freedom Fighter protects his subject against invasion of foreign forces.
    Tipu tortured/killed his own subjects, aligned with French to fight British.
    Invaded Hindu Malabar King, what way freedom fight for whom?

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    There was no united India concept before British rule.
    All ruler's fought with each other to save or to expand their kingdom.
    Karnad's view is correct.

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  • juliana, udupi

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Tipu rising after long time earlier our neighbors used to name their xxxx as Tipu and I used to think where from they got it

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Siddu Govt and Karnad talking and doing all nonsense and irresponsible things. Appeasing!
    Why are they not addressing real issues like farmers deaths, poverty alleviation and price rise instead celebrating Jayanti's and renaming Airport?
    Tipu fought with British and aligned with French is freedom for whom?
    No other freedom fighter or King EVER butchered their own citizens like killing in riots these days.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    If you want to change History join BJP ...

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  • Pius D, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    There is a clear cut design by Congress sponsored Intellectuals, think tanks to incite violence, spread hatred, violence, provoke communities one against the other and put blame on RSS & MODI.
    We can see their activities like a CM of a state raking up Beef issue, now Tipu Jayanti, now changing airport name to Tipu bla...bla..
    Where were these people all these years to celebrate Tipu Jayanti? Was he born on 10th November 2015?
    How come these psuedo Seculars remember now Tipu name for Airport?
    Public should beware of these psuedo Secular Intellectuals. They are here to create troubles to defame MODI government.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Pius, what was your real name before ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Congress & BJP are both ...

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  • For Justice, Abu Dhabi / Ubar

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    But I don't agree about his view on replacing the airport name instead should have suggest any other major landmarks to be named after him or to be created any infrastructure on his name.

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  • T. Dsilva, UDUPI

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Mr. Girisha can talk any thing to get favours from Siddu. When there is severe drought in the state Ramaiah has to concentrate in helping farmers instead of wasting goverment money to celebrate and create some jayanthis. This 'Laddhi jeevi" karnad and " Nidra Jeevi" siddu should celebrate French and Dutch day also because they also fought against British in India.

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  • santhosh, mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    These crooks very well know that India is a tolerant country, hence they are mouthing these nonsense. They can Selectively criticize one religion and get away with it.. This is real India , a TOLERANT India

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  • Vicky D, Dubai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Paid activist like Girish Karnad may say any thing about India but deep down we all know that minorities in India enjoy most freedom in the world in the name of democratic country.

    It may be religious freedom, forming a political party, freedom of public expression..etc

    Some political parties are dividing people by pulling people like Tipu Sultan, Aurangajeb..ect out of the grave!!!

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  • Jafer, Ullal

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Only upper cast landlords who barred lower cast women to wear the cloth to cover their upper part and some traitors who colluded with British against Tippu have the problem with rule of Tippu. Majority of people were happy under his rule.
    He is the one, who gave annual grant to 156 temples.
    He is the one, who built first church in Mysore.
    The man who planned and started construction of KRS Dam.
    The man who made Karnataka number 1 in silk industry.
    The man who ended Paligari system by announcing that the land belongs to farmer who cultivates and not the Paligars.
    The first man who established animal husbandry and cattle farm by name Amrit Mahal in which they raised hybrid cattle.
    The man called by late Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam as innovator of the world’s first war rocket.
    The man who British National Army Museum listed along with Napoleon Bonaparte as enemy commanders-Britain’s greatest foes.
    The man who protected Sharada Peeta Holy Sringeri Mutt against Maratha invaders
    Letters of conversation still present under the custody of Sringeri Mutt tells how much he respected Hindu Jagadgurus and you can find more details on Sringeri mutt official website under Jagadgurus Sri Sacchidananda Bharati III(1770-1814).
    A line from one of letter expressing his grief at the news of raid by Maratha invaders goes by “People who have sinned against such a holy place are sure to suffer consequences of their misdeed at no distant date in this Kali age in accordance with the verse “Hasadbhih kriyate karma ruladbhir-anubhuyate”(People do evil deeds smiling but suffer the consequences crying” which is enough to prove how much he respected other religion and how secular he was.
    It is obvious upper cast landlords,Paligaris and British hated him and maligned his history and now their offspring RSS carrying the same propaganda.
    First RSS have to clarify why they never involved in India’s freedom struggle against British before maligning Great Martyr Tippu Sultan.

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  • P. Lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Jaffar ullal, you have written very good observations regarding Fanatic Tippu but failed to explain what he done to our forefathers on Ash Wednesday. Either intentionally you are hiding the fact or don't know any knowledge of History. As simple as, how did he obtained the Throne of Mysore Kingdom? Is it come from his forefathers or father? Why did British returned the Throne to present Mysore King. Only because you are a Muslim, don't glorify the tyrant, fanatic & murderer. If he was a true nationalists he wouldn't invaded nabouring Hindu rulers like Malabar. His intention was Islamisation. Corrupt congis are doing all this not for Out of Love of tippu but Love of the Chair.

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  • ANP, Blore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    MR.lobo,
    Anyone who has sacrificed his life for the nation is called a Martyr.result (death )
    One who supported the enemy ( in this case the British) were called traitors.result ( death )
    This is history documented .
    Now do hope you have a Good Friday.

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    If few support Pakistan, brand everyone as traitors, butcher whole community as Pakistani supporters, and then justify the act saying they got right treatment for treachery!

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    MR ANP/jafer, There are numerous accounts how he converted by force the Kodavas and Malbaris and offcourse the Kanarese christians. he was cunning enough to placate the Hindus who were part of the mysore army. most of his donations were political. Tippu himself wrote of his achievements in converting around 4 lakhs malabaris into islam by force.

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  • ANP, Blur

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Law might have changed now ....
    But it was always death to the traitor in the past.
    Please brush up on history don't try to prove innocence facing truth.
    A traitor is a Traitor .
    Who sold their king
    judas ?

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  • ANP, Bluru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Mr Rajesh,
    People who looted , killed ,converted during the crusades, Inquisition & dark ages ........
    ARE NOW SAINTS !

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  • Ashok Pinto, Moodbidri/New York

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    what Jafer Ullal wrote here its absolutely right. thanks Jafar for sharing with us

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  • sri, Karkala

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Useless people. It looks they paid huge bribe to congress to earn jyanapeeta award. Please return your award. You are not eligible for such extreme award. There are many deserve award in Tamil Telugu or Malayalam or Marathi language.

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  • KRPrabhu, B'luru

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Gireesha when you are returning your ajnana peeta award?

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  • Dr. T.A.KOoshy, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    It is not correct to celebrate 'Tipu jayanti'.Tipu cannot be considered a 'freedom fighter.'Why did he attack the kingdom of Travancore?History tells that Tipu was an intolerant bigot.Tipu's father, Hyder Ali grabbed the throne of Wodeyars.

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  • Jafer, Ullal

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Why Trivancore ruler barred lower cast women from covering upper part of the body with cloth.
    Why Trivancore ruler colluded with British?

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  • John, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Dear Karnad Sir, I salute you for saying the right thing. Some people may spew venom on you but they are extremely narrow minded people who want us to see everything from their eyes for their own self interest. Thank you sir for standing for the right cause and truth!. Barking ones will bark, no one can do anything. Shatrugan Sinha's remark is apt here as its remarkable 'Haathi chale Bihar....Baunken Hazaar'! (When the elephant walks towards Bihar....Thousands of dogs will bark...)

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Fought with British, aligned with French, freedom for whom?
    Define freedom: It is uniting, guarding our own people against the rule of foreign forces!
    This so called freedom fighter slaughtered his own subjects and aligned with French!

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  • C. D'Souza., Kuloor

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    If Mr, Karnad wants to change the name of Bangaluru airport to Tippu Sultan International Airport, I would suggest him to name his residence to Tippu Sultan Villa and add his statue of Tippu Sultan in his garden.

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  • Ajnabi, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    So far for me Tipu Sultan was just a king but he laid his life for fighting with British.The person who gave his own children as hostage to protect his country but when all this controversy started i kept reading about Tipu every passage of time my respect to Tipu kept increasing.I was really surprised by learning that Tipu Sultan was the founder of Jacobin club of Mysore,the first revolutionary republican organization in India and he planted republican tree and called himself as Citizen Tipu instead of king Tipu.I think everyone have to read and understand more about him before commenting anything against him.He really looks different from any other ruler of that time.His land reform,Giving land ownership to Dalit,providing cloth to lower cast women in Kerala who were barred by upper cast Kingdom to wear cloth on upper part of the body says many thing like he is more than a king.

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  • T. DSILVA, UDUPI

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Hello Mr. Karnad there is no differnce between you defending Tippu jayanthi because he is muslim and VHP asking for honours to Godse. You people call yourself 'Budhi jeevi" by critising hindu practises, but doesnot have xxx to critisise few muslim practises. Shame on you. If any body deserves celebrations because of they fight against British, then why not celebrating French day celebration because they also fought against British in India. Shame on you and Nidde ramaiah company.

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  • Vishal D Souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    These people are there only to create rift, incite violence in the society by their brainless speeches.
    They are good for nothing & they should be shown their places.
    This guy doesn't know how Tipu butchered Hindus & Christians??
    Your history books doesn't have those chapters?
    What type of intellectual he is???
    His intellectual ability only limited to appease Congress Party?? That's all his job & enjoy perks at the cost of tax payer money.

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  • Acchu, M,lore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    If this kind of religious disturbance continues then surely india will become Nepal very soon.. I mean under developed country.

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  • Piti Barboza, Palli/USA

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Hello to all Citizens of India,
    Keep religion as private and personal. See the service rendered to the nation and the people by any individual and not his or her religion and caste . Has Tipu Sultan not fought for our freedom Independence of the nation? Has he not sacrificed his life and died. I don't consider him to be a saint. But he is truly a freedom fighter... give respects and acknowledge his services. Girish Karnad is 100% right in what he has publicly stated... we are one humanity ...one human family (Vasudeva Kutumbakam)...religion without love and brotherhood will bring doom to our nation... sometimes I wish there was no religion.....but true understanding and practice of any religion will surely bring peace , happiness and prosperity....but do we see that in our present time....
    Learn from the History never mix politics and Religion...Let the light of Diwali shine on every one whatever religion you follow or not follow !!!

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Piti Barboza, Palli/USA
    Tipu fought with British and aligned with French. What way it is freedom fight?
    United all Indian states, to be ruled by common constitution and fought against all foreign forces can only be termed as freedom fight!
    Fought against British and giving it to French, is FREEDOM FOR WHOM?
    No other freedom fighter/ King caused holocaust of his own subjects! He is Real Rioter!
    For he can never be accepted, NOT for his religion!
    Why Karnad like leader and his supporters don't propose APJ Kalam's name?
    Because he didn't divide, but unified that's why?

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  • V V Gladys Noronha , Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Please donot politize issue by painting communal colour . Hindu or Muslim everybody are human beings practicing human life ....

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  • Jafer, Ullal

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷರ ಆಡಳಿತದ ಫ಼ಲಾನುಬವಿಗಳು ಟಿಪ್ಪುವಿನ ಜಯಂತಿಯನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ.
    ಯಾಕೆ ರೈತರು,ದಲಿತರು,ಶೋಷಿತರು ಈ ಜಯಂತಿಯನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸುದಿಲ್ಲ ?
    ಅವರೇನು ಹಿಂದುಗಳಲ್ಲವೇ ? ಯಾಕೆಂದರೆ ಅವರಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಟಿಪ್ಪುವಿನ ಜನಪರ ಆಡಳಿತದ ಫ಼ಲಾನುಭವಿಗಳು.
    ಮೇಲ್ವರ್ಗದ ಶೋಷಿತರ ,ಪಾಳೆಗಾರರ ದೌರ್ಜನ್ಯದಿಂದ ಮುಕ್ತಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟವನಗಿದ್ದಾನೆ ಟಿಪ್ಪು ಸುಲ್ತಾನ್.
    ಶಿವಾಜಿ ಮಹಾರಾಜ ಸೂರತ್ ನಗರವನ್ನು ಕೊಳ್ಳೆಹೊಡೆದು ಸುಟ್ಟು ಹಾಕಿದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ,ಜಾನ್ಸಿ ರಾಣಿ ಕ್ರೈಸ್ತರ ಕಗ್ಗೊಲೆ ನಡೆಸಿದನ್ನು ಯಾವುದೇ ಪೂರ್ವಾಗ್ರಹವಿಲ್ಲದೇ ನೋಡುವ ನಾವು ಟಿಪ್ಪುವನ್ನು ಯಾಕೆ ಧರ್ಮದ ಭೂತ ಕನ್ನಡಿ ಇಟ್ಟು ನೋಡುತ್ತೇವೆ? ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲ

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    With due respect to all community, please understand why would someone organize a jayanthi when someones birthday do not fall on the day of this Jayanthi? Why would then prefer on a festival day (deepavali). I am just curious and wonder is not this the congress way of divide and rule among community, cast etc as a tradition since 1947. On the other side, Tipu is definitely a freedom fighter to safe guard his own kingdom but before the European came into attack his kingdom in India was he a freedom fighter if so for his own wasted interest by killing and converting the Indians?? Well Karnad reflects the success greed which he couldn't and his inferiority complex (cast system) so no reason he could take advantage of such situation. I guess to over come this Karnad should have been just accepted Christianity or any other religion so that he should have been better placed mentally as he seems to be undergone enough with the sick cast system.

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  • DON, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    One cannot celebrate day for rulers, who have complicated history. example - mass killing of Christians on rumours of conspiring. If he was ideal ruler like Akbar he would have investigated on it.

    We have lot of social reformers who deserve the credit of recognition.

    This is a terribly a wrong move by the govt.

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  • stevan , mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Tiger of mysor is tipu sultan,tiger of karnataka sidd***maiah,tiger of India m*di,tiger of the world ob*ma or p*tin..?

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  • Jagdish, Padubidri

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Stevan..are you sure tippu was a tiger of mysore,because yesterday someone said in comments tippu was a lion of mysore.lol

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  • Akarshad, England

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Can we keep Dawood Ibrahim International airport?

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  • Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Wonder...why Nidde (Sidda) Ramayya still not sleep....

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  • Muhammad Sunthabail, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Celebrating Tippus jayanthi was foolish move by the govt...As the one who have researched Tippus history...He has two different sides...First part of time he was tyrant ruler who silenced his enemy who parted with british in violent manner(remember all kings are violent)....He used violent forces against who rebelled for that he misused his religion and attacked places of worship of other religion...Second part is different story he started to consult hindu astrologers(clearly prohibited in Quran)...donate golds coins across many south Indian temples...He had even had finger ring named "Ram" in it...Those who criticise it consider his first part...Those who consider him as good ruler consider his second part...and also the contribution to the old mysore area...He had friendly relation with kannada speaking populace ...He was antibritish but not a freedom fighter ...Even shivaji or other rulers cant be considered as freedom fighter all these people fight for their kingdom....
    I think it is foolish move by the govt...This type of thing doesnt appease common muslims...We dont need any appeasement...Just we need education and allieviation from poverty...Stop venerating any kings let past be past ...dont follow footsteps of sanghis by digging up past

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  • P.Shirish Kumnar Hosabettu, Muscat, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 11 2015

    Mr.Girish don't spoil the name of our Karnad. just for the sake of money from Congi leaders.

    Everyone knows Bollywood is run by who's money.

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  • Ali, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 10 2015

    Mystery continues
    Who killed Kuttappa?

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  • PEDDU, MANGALURU

    Tue, Nov 10 2015

    CONGRESS DIGGING ITS OWN TOMB !!!!

    THE HAWKERS CANT BE A LEADERS EVEN THEY ELECTED IN MAJORITY !! THE LEADER IS ALWAYS BE A LEADER !! WHO CANT ADOPT DIVIDE AND RULE POLICY

    THE SO CALLED BUDDHIJEEVI THEY ARE SEMI GONE CASE

    CAN THEY JUSTIFIES THE BUTCHERY OF THE CHRISTIANS !!!

    NOW SOMEONE CALLED THEM TRAITORS !!BY WHICH WAYS !! THEN HOW ABOUT THOSE WHO SUPPORTING ISI FROM THE INDIAN LAND AND THOSE WHO STILL LOVE PAKISTAN AND SOMEONE ALREADY RULING FROM PAKISTAN IN THE NAME OF DON !!

    GUYS BE A TRUE HUMAN BEING RATHER HIPPOCRATIC OR TOOOO RELIGIOUS BLIND

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  • Jafer, Ullal

    Tue, Nov 10 2015

    Only upper cast landlords who barred lower cast Nadar women to wear the cloth to cover their upper part and some traitors who colluded with British against Tippu have the problem with rule of Tippu. Majority of people were happy under his rule.
    He is the one, who gave annual grant to 156 temples.
    He is the one, who built first church in Mysore.
    The man who planned and started construction of KRS Dam.
    The man who made Karnataka number 1 in silk industry.
    The man who ended Paligari system by announcing that the land belongs to farmer who cultivates and not the Paligars.
    The first man who established animal husbandry and cattle farm by name Amrit Mahal in which they raised hybrid cattle.
    The man called by late Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam as innovator of the world’s first war rocket.
    The man who British National Army Museum listed along with Napoleon Bonaparte,George Washington as enemy commanders-Britain’s greatest foes.
    The man who protected Sharada Peeta Holy Sringeri Mutt against Maratha invaders
    Letters of conversation still present under the custody of Sringeri Mutt tells how much he respected Hindu Jagadgurus and you can find more details on Sringeri mutt official website under Jagadgurus Sri Sacchidananda Bharati III(1770-1814).
    A line from one of letter expressing his grief at the news of raid by Maratha invaders goes by “People who have sinned against such a holy place are sure to suffer consequences of their misdeed at no distant date in this Kali age in accordance with the verse “Hasadbhih kriyate karma ruladbhir-anubhuyate”(People do evil deeds smiling but suffer the consequences crying” which is enough to prove how much he respected other religion and how secular he was.
    It is obvious upper cast landlords,Paligaris and British hated him and maligned his history and now their offspring RSS carrying the same propaganda.
    First RSS have to clarify why they never involved in India’s freedom struggle against British before maligning Great Martyr Tippu Sultan.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Tue, Nov 10 2015

    Well Girishji, You would have enjoyed the same status of Kuvempu, Bendre, DVG, Masti if you could keep your mouth shut....

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  • Salvador Pereira, Mangalore / Dubai

    Tue, Nov 10 2015

    This man is na ghar ka, na ghat ka now. May be trying to change his image which was controversial during beef controversy.

    People should understand in the world one and only country with hundreds of languages, thousands of religions, millions of Gods, Billions of citizens. we have to take all of them and move forward. This is the definition of India.

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  • Jayaprakash, Mangalore/SFO

    Tue, Nov 10 2015

    Well said Karnad sir ! Unfortunately people who eat bu!!s... will not understand this :)

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 10 2015

    Why no Jinnha Jayanthi? He also fought against British. So that self-claimed intellectual Karnad would have much happy to butter Nidramayya!!

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