After spate of comments on Taj Mahal, now it seems the saffron birgade is out to target the southern king of yesteryears Tipu Sultan. As the Tipu Jayanti draws closer, many have emerged as critics and questioned the need for such an event annually. None other than Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde has registered his protest against Tipu Jayanti, celebrated on November 10, and termed Tipu Sultan as “anti-Hindu”.
Hegde has written to the chief secretary of Karnataka, stating that his name should not be added in any of the invitations for the Tipu Jayanti celebrations in the state. The letter, written by Hegde’s personal secretary on his behalf, condemns the celebration of Tipu Jayanti despite stiff opposition. He added that Tipu Sultan was an “anti-Hindu” who had slaughtered many Mysore and in Coorg. Hegde is known for making controversial statements, and was even caught assaulting a doctor in Uttara Kannada on camera. The ‘anti-Hindu’ issue also sparked a while back when BJP MLA Sangeet Som called the Taj Mahal “a blot on Indian culture”. “Many people were disappointed that the Taj Mahal was removed from UP tourism booklet. What history are we talking about? The creator of Taj Mahal (Shahjahan) imprisoned his father. He wanted to wipe out Hindus. If these people are part of our history, then it is very sad and we will change this history,” Som had said.
The whole Taj Mahal controversy has seen many more comments since.