TanveerSait, former Minister and Congress MLA, has requested the State government to establish a Research Centre at University of Mysore (UoM) to study the life and times of Tipu Sultan.
Presiding over the TipuJayanti programme at Mysuru on November 10, TanveerSait said the government had proposed to establish a centre for studies related to Tipu Sultan in Tumkur University.
AsTipu Sultan had lived in the Mysuru region, TanveerSait urged Minister for Higher Education G.T. DeveGowda, who was also present on the occasion, for establishment of such a centre at the University of Mysore.
The centre had become necessary to counter the false propaganda by SanghParivar elements and to highlight the historical accuracies of the ruler, who had fought valiantly against the British and laid down his life on the battle field, he said.
Assistant Professor of History H.D. Umashankar, who delivered the keynote address on the occasion, recalled Tipu’s donations to various temples including Madduramma temple in Huskar in Anekaltaluk. “When Tipu was headed to war, his army men came down with diarrhoea. He had vowed to make the donation if his men recovered in time for the war. When they woke up fit for war, Tipu made a donation to the temple,” Mr.Umashankar pointed out.
Tipu is remembered as a ruler who have ushered in land reforms that ascertained land for the tiller. A large number of poor, Shudras and army men received land due to the land reforms brought in by Tipu Sultan. He had also built and revived 39,000 lakes and 14,000 wells, along with, building water reservoirs at 24 places along the rivers to ensure irrigation for the farmers.