At the end of the 18th Century, this ruler of the South Indian kingdom of Mysore was the only hurdle that stood between Britain, represented by the East India Company, and a world empire centred on India, the Jewel in the Crown. Debate and controversy about him continues to this day but later historians have recognised Tipu as an enlightened ruler in war and peace. He was a capable statesman who introduced many far reaching changes to improve the efficiency and economic welfare of Mysore in addition to fostering a spirit of religious tolerance among his subjects. He was a well-educated man whose large library of books from home and abroad included a translation of The Declaration of American Independence which impressed him deeply.
The author makes a feeble and unsuccessful attempt to put herself in the shoes of the father-son duo and imagine the social and political scenario in 18th century India. On the plus side, the book is small and can be read in a maximum of two hours.
However, if you can ignore the conclusions and implications and skilfully separate the wheat from the chaff, you will find interesting nuggets of information. Subsequently, Mysore switched sides to the French, as a result of British broken promises. Haider Ali allied first with the British and then with the French.
If you read between the lines, you realize that Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan invaded all their neighbouring kingdoms. They dislodged the Wodeyars from Mysore, the Ikkeris from Bidanur Bednurand repeatedly attacked Malabar, Arcot, Mangalore, Madras and even Travancore without the slightest provocation.
Perhaps it was the cruelty of the father and son that made the Marathas and the Nizam realize that that their only hope was to ally with the British.
This was certainly the case with the Malabar chieftains, but the book hardly mentions the Mysorean incursions into Malabar. When the author does mention Malabar, the accounts are ridiculously off the mark.
In this manner one can rationalize any kind of brutality and injustice. The author refers to forced conversions thus: Another snide remark that really takes the cake: Did Travancore invade Mysore? This is a story — and stories are written to entertain.
The entire book seems like an attempt to whitewash the sins of Tipu Sultan.
The publisher Juggernaut Books ought to have been more discerning. At least the proof readers could have corrected the errors. Ever heard of a Tadri port on the Malabar coast? North Kanara, my dear Juggernaut!
The Life of Tipu Sultan Author:Journey through the life of Tipu Sultan (–), his rise to power, struggle against the British, political and economic achievements and relevance of his life to modern times. The Western view of Tipu Sultan and stereotypes of Islamic dictators.
Tipu Sultan was a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore renowned for his bravery in the wars against the British East India Company. This biography of Tipu Sultan provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timelinePlace Of Birth: Devanahalli.
In Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, Captain Nemo is described as a nephew of Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan's life and adventures were the central theme of a short-running South Indian television series "The Adventures of Tipu Sultan", Tipu Sultan: The Tiger of Mysore: or, Religion: Islam. Nov 17, · This book was probably written merely to cash in on the Tipu Sultan controversy.
It’s full of conjecture and merely skims through some of the facts relating to Tipu Sultan, the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, and his father Haider Ali. Mysore Tiger - Tippu Sulthan (RA) adopted the tiger as his emblem.
His throne was shaped like a tiger, carrying the head of a life-size tiger in solid gold (see also the boxed toy above). He was an enlightened ruler who treated his non-Muslim subjects generously. known as the 'Tiger of Mysore' made this Summer Palace in and ruled.
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