‘Tipu Jayanti’, the commemoration of the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan, is round the corner, and you can virtually hear the usual cliche—“Tiger or Tyrant?”—being sharpened by the usual cliques.
(Never mind that Tipu is one of only four rulers in the history of all mankind to die on the battlefield: at Watergate, in Srirangapatna, 15 km from Mysore.)
The secular-liberal, mullah-marxist-macaulay crowd will be in favour of marking Tipu’s birthday, and the Tongue Parivar will be licking its fingers at one more opportunity to legitimise and mainstream their Islamophobia.
Dire consequences will be predicted, preemptive arrests will be made, and come November 20, the event will go off without marginally making a difference to anybody’s lives, except that of the body politic, as in the last few years.
This year, Sanjay Khan, the Bangalore-born actor-director who made the TV series ‘Sword of Tipu Sultan‘ has his memoirs ‘The Best Mistakes of my Life’ out, and a couple of paragraphs are maha-interesting.
The first one is of Bhagwan Gidwani, the author of the eponymous book on which the TV show was made. At a press conference, Gidwani is asked the same old question about Tipu.
“Oh, but he butchered Hindus.”
Of course, Sherlock.
But Gidwani explains it well.
“It was a political war, not religious war. Tipu’s own army comprised Hindu generals and soldiers. Tipu did what he had to for the protection of his country, which was 70% Hindu, as some Hindu rulers had aligned with the British, usurping Tipu’s territories.”
The second paragraph, of the then RSS sarsanghchalak Nanaji Deshmukh‘s reaction, is even more revealing of where Hindutva scum have taken the country.
Today’s RSS and its various shadowy, borderline racist outfits have made hating everything Muslim their source of panneer, mutter and makhni.
Painting Muslims as anti-national elements who should be packed off to Pakistan is the first reaction of tilak-toting, saffron-wearing, uncouth motormouths.
But Nanaji Deshmukh takes a look at Sanjay Khan’s effort and states The Sword of Tipu Sultan is—wait for it—patriotic.