New Delhi: The Karnataka state government has decided to make Tipu Sultan Jayanti an annual affair by celebrating it across the state on November 10.
After facing a strong criticism, the state government finally decided to shift the responsibility from the minority departments to the Kannada and Culture department. Commenting on the event, an official said, "The aim is to make the event a low-key affair and free of controversies."
Further disclosing the matter, the in-charge secretary of Kannada and culture department, SR Umashankar said, “A sum of Rs 60 lakh has been earmarked for organizing Tipu Jayanti celebrations in all districts. The date was fixed after consulting historians and academics as there was confusion over his birthday." The event will organized at Ravindra Kalakshetra instead of Vidhana Soudha.
However the idea faces flak as BJP and saffron outfits had alleged that the government's move was politically motivated to appease minorities. While taking part in the Krishna Janmashtami celebrations held last year for the first time, CM Siddaramaiah had declared that Vishwakarma Jayanti would also be celebrated from this year.
The 18th century Mysore ruler, Tipu Sultan’s name has been embroiled in the midst of a storm the previous year after the Congress government decided to celebrate his 266th birth anniversary for the first time.
There was outrage which took three lives in Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada and parts of Kerala where Tipu is considered a dictator.