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.