BY : ADVAID @Advaidism


Sanghi: I hate Tipu Sultan.

Me: Do you love Netaji Bose??

Sanghi: He is my Hero.

Me: 140+ years after Tipu’s death, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose incorporated Tipu’s Mysore tiger into the flag of Azad Hind Fauj & the shoulder-strap insignia of INA (Indian National Army).

Even the flag of All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) has the Leaping Tiger of Tipu Sultan, along with a Hammer & sickle. Netaji called his government in exile “Arzi Hukumat-e-Azad Hind”, with a cabinet consisting of a woman, and 30% Muslims.

The insignia of Charkha at the centre of the tricolour flag of the Congress was replaced by the ‘Leaping Tiger’ of the standard of Tipu Sultan by the Azad Hind Government.” Source : ‘The Mahatma and the Netaji: Two Men of Destiny of India’ by Samar Guha (Page 113)

The book ‘The Mahatma and the Netaji: Two Men of Destiny ‘ was published in 1986. The Chola Empire also had a Prancing or Leaping Tiger on their Flags and coins (reserve direction). The LTTE later adopted the emblem of the Chola tiger on its flag.

Tipu’s Tiger, an 18th-century mechanical toy, now exhibited at a museum in London It depicts a tiger overpowering a British soldier. Keys make the tiger ‘grunt’ & the victim ‘wail and move his hand helplessly’. The tiger expresses his hatred of his enemy, the British.

A two-shot superimposed-load silver-mounted rifle from the personal armoury of Tipu Sultan. Presented to Lord Cornwallis after the Fall of Seringapatam, 1799. Via : Tigers Round the Throne: Court of Tipu Sultan by Anne Buddle

The above coin is the Seringapatam Medal, awarded by the Governor-General of India to all Indian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Seringapatam. The British feared Tipu the most because he was the ally of the French (Napoleon) and was a modern technocrat in military affairs.

Like i said before, Tipu is a complex character but he was never a bigot. The Mughals and British never touched the underlying caste structure in India, but Tipu did it in Malabar. Tipu’s arrival led to the decline of the old feudal order in Malabar.




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