Union minister calls Tipu mass rapist, terms his anniversary shameful

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2017

Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde has written to the Karnataka government asking that his name not be included on the invites sent out for the Tipu Jayanti celebrations on November 10.

The state government describes Tipu Sultan as a patriot and a freedom fighter who fought the British but the opposition sees him as a bigoted tyrant who forcefully converted people to Islam.

"(I have) conveyed (to) Karnataka government not to invite me to shameful event of glorifying a person known as brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist", Hegde said in a tweet.

Irked by his letter, Karnataka's Chief Minister, Siddaramiah criticised his views towards the "hero for the country" and preached Hegde to "first learn about Tipu Sultan" before making such incoherent statement. "It is not correct to turn this into a political issue", he said.

Hegde, the MP for Uttara Kannada, had also made similar request past year when he asked the Deputy Commissioner of Uttara Kannada not to include his name in the programme invitations.

The CM said, "As part of government he shouldn't have written it". The invitation is extended to all central and state leaders as part of the protocol. She also claimed that a majority of the district police officials had tried to convince the State government to not hold Tipu Jayanti functions in view of law and order issues, but the government was adamant on the celebrations.

The Congress government decided to make the Tipu Sultan Jayanti an annual event, especially since the first time it was organised in 2015 led to clashed with right-wing Hindu groups that led to three deaths.

Tipu Sultan was the 18th-century ruler of the Mysore Kingdom who often engaged in the public quarrel which is one of the reasons for widespread protests and violence against the event in Karnataka.

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