Its first edition was published on October 22, 1919. Kolkata: The descendants of Tipu Sultan in Kolkata are considering legal action against Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde for his alleged "derogatory" comments against the 18th century Mysore ruler. Bespectacled and grey hair brushed back, Husain Shah, 70, is the quintessential elderly Bengali man next door. Then, he goes ahead and questions: "You have met them. Admitting that the trust income in proportion to its assets was too meagre, Mobinuddin said: "What can I do? The Treaty of Mangalore, which he signed with the British East India Company to end the Second Anglo-Mysore War, was the last document in which the Indian ruler dictated terms to the British. I immediately had that particular section photocopied and brought it back for reference and sharing with people to counter hatred being spread about him (Tipu).”, Pausing a bit, he added, “To mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we are not just going to offer a special prayer for the father of our nation at the Tipu Sultan Masjid, but will also be sharing copies with media and the common public, where the Gandhi Ji has called Tipu Sultan a monument of Hindu-Muslim unity.”, A copy of that particular edition shared with eNewsroom, Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “Fatehali Tipu Sultan of Mysore is represented by foreign media as a fanatic who oppressed his Hindu subjects and converted them to Islam by force. Watch: Rare Gangetic dolphin beaten to death in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh, No breakthrough in fresh round of Centre-farmers' talks, next meeting on January 15, Copyright © 2021 Living Media India Limited. Some are believed to have gone to East Bengal (later East Pakistan and now Bangladesh). He was the last ruler in India strong enough to dictate terms to the British East India Company.Known as the "Tiger of Mysore," he fought long and hard, although ultimately unsuccessfully, to preserve his country's independence. While Tipu Sultan never himself came to Calcutta, his descendants did. Kolkata: The descendants of freedom fighter Tipu Sultan, based in Kolkata were worried about him being branded as a fanatic ruler who indulged in forceful conversions. Assessments of Tipu Sultan have often been passionate and divided. Here the writer had given reference of an article by Gandhi Ji, praising Tipu in his journal Young India. These letters are written in Kannada character.”, According to Historians, this is not the first time that a stalwart like Mahatma rose in defence of Tipu Sultan. 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However, the fact that Tipu’s descendants resorting to Gandhi’s writing to come to their rescue, not just coincides with the 150th anniversary of Gandhi but also with the centenary year of Young India Journal, a bi-weekly journal, which had Gandhi as its editor. "Even so, the trust is barely surviving. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Prof K.A.S.M Ishrat Alam, a faculty member of Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University said, “It’s not just Gandhi but also JL Nehru wrote in support of Tipu Sultan. His remuneration was increased from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,800 in August 1986. Of the other five, the descendants of only two, Mooniruddin and Ghulam Mohammed, are traceable. Tipu Sultan descendant urges PM Modi to drop Anantkumar Hegde from cabinet. "The begums are genuinely worried about the future of their children. Adding on to their worries was the sudden announcement made by BJP-led Karnataka government doing away with the celebration that marks Tipu Jayanti, on November 10. As a researcher, major part of his work is to keep the family legacy alive and provide factual information about the family history and Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan (November 20, 1750–May 4, 1799) is remembered by many in India and Pakistan as a heroic freedom fighter and warrior-king. Moreover, if we work the reputation and prestige of our husband would be damaged." Watch in this Video Where is Mughal Family, Tipu Sultan Family and Nizam Family Nowadays? Of late there has been a concerted attempt to distort and falsify recorded Indian history, very often even by painting dark periods of Indian history as glorious and progressive, to suit the selfish and perverted interests of … Asif Ali grew up in Lucknow, his mother's home town, and rarely visited his father in Calcutta. He returned to Lucknow and of late visits Calcutta only to collect his monthly remuneration, which was increased to Rs 1,800 in August 1986 through a high court order. Ali, one of the sixth generations descendants of Prince Mooniruddin - one of Tipu's sons - is contemplating to discuss with his family members to initiate legal action against him. “To mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we are not just going to offer a special prayer for the father of our nation at the Tipu Sultan Masjid, but will also be sharing copies with media and the common public, where the Gandhi Ji has called Tipu Sultan a monument of Hindu-Muslim unity," Tipu Sultan's descendants told eNewsroom. Acquaintances of Asif Ali state that he had begun a career in sales after graduating, but gave it up on becoming the mutawalli to devote himself full-time towards improving the financial condition of the trust. Shezada Hyder Ali was the grandson of Hyder Ali and the eldest son of Tipu Sultan. Still a school student with a deep desire to make films,... For over a month, the 1965 film The Hill was on my watchlist. Are you convinced that they belong to a royal family? "How will we arrange the nikaah of our daughters? For years now he has appealed to the state government to contribute a portion of the revenue collected from Tipu Sultan’s legacy to support the health and education of his descendants … He was a national hero and the Tiger of Mysore." This income, which comes mainly in the form of rent, increased to Rs 3.75 lakh in 1986 when Shaw Wallace's new management agreed to increase their monthly rent from Rs 2,250 to Rs 32,000. Successive Indian National Congress governments have often celebrated Tipu Sultan's memory and monuments and relics of his rule while the Bharatiya Janata Party has been largely critical. A bit of scavenging through edition after edition, I finally got to see for myself that in the January 23, 1930 edition, he did write a piece on Tipu Sultan, which was carried on page number 30. The union minister called the celebrations a “shameful event of glorifying a person known as brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist” on Twitter. The Archaeological Department of Mysore State is in possession of over thirty letters written by Shankaracharya of Shingeri Math. And a special rehabilitation programme is being worked out for the benefit of the descendants of Tipu Sultan in Calcutta. Descendants of Tipu Sultan, the 'Tiger of Mysore' After Tipu Sultan's demise, the British shifted them to Kolkata and made sure they did not return to the south. Her work went on to... For some, life begins after retirement. Sahebzada Syed Mansoor Ali Tipu is a social worker and the national president of Tehrik-e-Khudadaad. Sonu is among the 100-odd descendants of Tipu Sultan in Kolkata. On being questioned about their source of livelihood, Hamida Begum blurts out: "We get around Rs 250 to Rs 300 each every month as interest on the amount which Nawab Sahib had deposited in the bank in our respective names.