Twitter users on Wednesday paid rich tributes to Tipu Sultan on his birth anniversary, with many posting the quotes of the king of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore as also pictures of his prized possessions with hashtags Tipusultan, SherEHindTipuSultan, TipuJayanti and TigerOfMysore.
As many as 3,143 tweets were posted by Twitterati on Tipu Sultan. Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi leader Prakash Ambedkar wrote: “Tipu Sultan, the king of Mysore, will always be known for his valour and his continuous resistance against the British rule. A tribute to the first freedom fighter of India on his birth anniversary”.
Another Twitter user wrote: “Tipu Sultan was the only Indian ruler who understood the dangers the British posed to India, and fought four wars to oust them from India – in that sense he could be called the first freedom fighter in the subcontinent”.
One user posted a quote attributed to Tipu Sultan: “One day’s life of a lion is preferable to hundred years of a jackal”.
Tipu Sultan was born on November 20, 1750 and died on May 4, 1799.
Many Twitter users also hailed his liking for advanced technology. “Tipu Sultan was fascinated by science & technology, got gun-makers, engineers, clockmakers & other experts from France to Mysore, then set up a manufacturing of bronze cannons, ammunition & muskets to ‘Make in Mysore’. Basically the first who worked for MakeinIndia”, wrote one user.
There were discordant voices too. One user wrote: “Those who are celebrating Tipu’s birthday must be celebrating the historical fact that he killed thousands of Hindus and Christians in the name of Islam. Be candid to admit it.”