Need explanation on why Tipu Jayanti celebrated on Nov 10: Prathap Simha

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Bengaluru, Nov 12: It is for the state government to explain why Tipu Sultan's birthday was celebrated on November 10 when the actual date was November 20, Member of Parliament from Mysore, Prathap Simha says.

Speaking with OneIndia, Simha says that the government of Karnataka must explain why the date of November 10 was chosen instead of November 20. [Tipu Sultan Row: Girish Karnad receives death threat]

'Why Tipu Jayanti celebrated on Nov 10?'

"Choosing November 10 as the date to celebrate Tipu Jayanthi has insulted several people and even hurt all our sentiments. First of all it coincides with Deepavali and secondly it is the date on when Tipu had massacred 700 Iyengars at Melkote. Hence, this date chosen by the Karnataka government comes as a surprise to me," Simha also added.

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Simha, who has received death threats for his stance against Tipu Sultan, says that he has filed an oral complaint.

"I am on my way now to file a written complaint and hope that the matter will be investigated thoroughly," he added.

"The protest this time was intense because Tipu Jayanti was celebrated as a government function. All these years there were toned down celebrations, but the decision to celebrate it as a government sponsored event is surprising and hence earned the ire of the people at large," the MP from Mysore added further.

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"Tipu Sultan has been declared a freedom fighter by the Government of India. I am looking into this and collecting more details on that data. If that is the case, then I shall make efforts to change that because, freedom was never a concept known to Tipu Sultan.

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"I had written in my book and told the people about the real face of Tipu Sultan. I have criticized him and can say with confidence that the concept of freedom was something that never known to Tipu Sultan and hence his name figuring as a freedom fighter comes as a surprise to me," Prathap Simha also adds.

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