Tipu Sultan

Karnataka govt to add negative side of Tipu Sultan in textbooks

January 21, 2020

Instead of dropping or retaining contents related to Tipu Sultan in school textbooks, the state government is contemplating teaching both “positive and negative” faces of the erstwhile Mysore king to school children. However, there will be no changes in textbooks for the academic year 2020-21.

The Primary and Secondary Education Minister, S Suresh Kumar, said, “There will not be any changes in textbooks for the coming academic year, but for future changes, we have decided to constitute a comprehensive committee to take a decision on even teaching the negative face of Tipu.”

He further added, “MLA Appachu Ranjan had submitted several documents regarding the negative face of Tipu Sultan. There are documents submitted for incidents occurred during his ruling at Melkote, Chitradurga and Coorg (Kodagu district). We are constituting one more committee to study all these issues and decide whether Tipu is just a hero.”

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“The expert committee has communicated to me recommending for setting up of a comprehensive committee to take a decision on the matter. They even mentioned that they prepared contents for textbooks based on the history,” added Kumar.

The request received support from Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa as well as several MLAs and MPs. The Karnataka Text Books Society had organised a meeting with Appachu Ranjan and subject experts who prepared history textbooks. The committee recently submitted its report recommending no changes.

Source: Deccan Herald

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