Tipu—fact & fiction

Print edition : January 06, 2017

A 1792 potrait of Tipu Sultan. Photo: M.A. SRIRAM

N.U. Nachappa, president of the Codava National Council, next to the stone memorial in Devatiparambu marking the supposed massacre, in December 2015. The Forest Department subsequently dismantled it. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

A view of Madikeri, the headquarters of Kodagu district. Photo: VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED

Srirangapatna Fort in Mandya district. A February 2016 picture. Photo: B. MAHADEVA

The opposition to the celebration of Tipu Jayanti in Karnataka is rooted in a distorted narrative of history that portrays the Mysore ruler as a religious bigot who massacred Kodavas in 1785 and indulged in mass conversions.
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