Death anniversary of Tippu observed

The 216th death anniversary of Tipu Sultan was observed in parts of Mysore and Mandya districts, on Sunday.

During a programme held at the Mysore city Congress office, MLA M K Somashekar recalled the contributions of Tipu Sultan during the freedom struggle. “Tipu sacrificed his life fighting against the British. His dedication and sacrifice should be an inspiration to the youth,” he said.

Tipu, popularly known as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, was among the first to take up arms against the British. He even sacrificed his two children for the cause of the country, he said.

MLA Vasu said, history is now being twisted to damage the image of Tipu. “Such modification of historical facts, with an intention to send a wrong message to the public, is wrong,” he said. He added that such incidents widen the gulf between communities.

Recalling Tipu’s relationship with various Hindu temples in the region, he said, such gestures show that Tipu was tolerant to all religions and tried to ensure harmonious relations among them.

Memorial service

A memorial service for Tipu Sultan was held at Ganjam, near Srirangapatna, Mandya district, on Sunday.

Several religious ceremonies were held at the venue, in the presence of MLA and Tipu Wakf Estate president Tanveer Sait. A service was also held at the place where the body of Tipu was found.

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