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No evidence of Tipu’s anti-Hindu antics, says writer Patil Puttappa

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BELAGAVI: Senior writer and journalist Patil Puttappa defended the state government’s decision to observe Tipu Jayanti, saying that there is no evidence of atrocities of Tipu on Hindus or Kannada-speaking people.

Puttappa said if Tipu was anti-Hindu, he couldn’t have appointed Poornaiah, a Hindu person as a prominent minister in his court. He is a Kannada king and there is nothing wrong in celebrating his birth anniversary. Puttappa was speaking to mediapersons here on Friday.

Further, he said according to some historians, papers available in a museum in London portray Tipu’s cruelty. But, he said, there are chances that the British wrote false history to vilify him in the eyes of future generations. Tipu was a great patriot and an enemy of British, Puttappa said.

When the enemies attacked the goddess Sharadamba temple in Shringeri and started demolishing the temple, the seer of the temple had taken shelter in Mangaluru. After knowing it, Tipu was the king who safeguarded the seer and escorted him in a chariot with due respect. Criticizing such a personality without proper knowledge is not fair, he said.

In history, most of the kings struggled for survival, and along the way, may have made mistakes. It does not imply that were cruel. In connection with the statement of Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnard on naming Devenahalli airport after Tipu, Puttappa said as the airport has already been named after Kempe Gowda, the issue has lost relevance today. There is no need of such a statement, he said.

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CPM gets surprise gift from Berlin Kunjananthan Nair

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KANNUR: After his historic ‘ghar wapsi’ earlier this year when he once again became a party member, veteran communist leader Berlin Kunjananthan Nair has gifted four cents of prime land and his personal library to the CPM.

He decided to give the land at Randam Mile near Mayyil in the district to build the local committee office of the CPM, while the books are for the party-controlled Patyam Gopalan Study and Research Centre, said the communist leader.

The books were handed over to CPM district secretary P Jayarajan, party leader M Prakashan Master among others who visited him at his residence in Mayyil on Friday, while the land would be registered in the name of the party after completing the formalities in the coming days, said Kunjananthan Nair.

The library, which includes rare books and magazines, would be an asset to the library of Patyam Gopalan Study and Research Centre, said CPM district secretary P Jayarajan, who received the books on Friday. There are copies of some magazines printed way back in 1935.
It was in 2005 that Berlin Kunjananthan Nair was expelled from the CPM, after he took sides with V S Achuthanandan to criticize the party leadership when the feud within the party was at its top. Later he even announced that he would vote for UDF candidate K Sudhakaran in the Lok Sabha elections in 2009. However, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections he announced his support was for CPM candidate P K Sreemathi, thus once again embracing the party fold, following which he was offered the party membership in May this year.

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Karnataka HC refuses to vacate stay in three cases against BSY

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BENGALURU: The Karnataka high court on Friday refused to vacate the stay granted by it in favour of BJP national vice-president B S Yeddyurappa in three cases pending before the Lokayukta special court connected to denotification of lands acquired for BDA in favour landowners.

On September 15 , the court had granted stay in first batch of three petitions.

Passing an order to this effect on the applications filed by Lokayukta police, Justice Rathnakala has posted all the petitions filed by B S Yeddyurappa to November 23 for final hearing.

Yeddyurappa had challenged the FIRs registered by the Lokayukta police in May-June this year based on the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) relating to denotification of lands acquired for BDA.

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