All Central Universities have been forced to adopt Gov.in mail accounts,closing individual Universities mail accounts. This has not only worsened the email systems of Universities,it has crudely made the Universities as Central Govt. Departments of MHRD! Thanks to the Modi appointed Headmistress Smriti Irani,who treats Vice Chancellors as her class monitors and orders them alike in Central Universities VC meetings! MHRD Secretary has been made their chief monitor and UGC chairman his assistant monitor! So much of the ‘Achhe Din’ of autonomy of Universities in one year of Moditva regime! State Universities are already functioning as appendage to Chief Minister offices and the private universities..one does not how many…are given freedom to loot&squeeze! Scientific Education…hahahaha…for Smriti Irani..a TV entertainment show of her pet profession..now especially brought to destroy Nehruvian-Maulana Azad-Humanyu Kabir giant intellectuals ideas of enlightened education! Single act for all Central Universities,choice based credit system,proposed inter transfer of faculty in all central universities and not yet brought to light,but sure to come inter-transfer of VC’s in central universities are meant to reduce universities to school/college level to be directly controlled from ministry-these are the designs of pygmies to demolish Giants! Condition of 13 new Central Universities established in 2009 by single act of Parliament is much worse, nearly 150 faculty posts were given to each University, but on average 40-50 posts were filled and most of the time on contractual basis without any vacation throughout the year in most of the Universities. They are forced to do all clerical work as well and any reference to association/union of faculty, staff or students cant even be talked in whispers!. Younger faculty is forced to worked from 9 to 5.30 pm with bio-metric attendance .Sad part is resistance is coming only from DU,that too on specific issues and not on the total design!JNU will be the biggest target of attack,but whether its ‘Noisy March on…March on…post dinner meetings&Marches,which are yet to be born,would be able to stop the silent but much more effective March/trampling on of Iranis? Not so easy to say in JNU typical style-Oh Yes!Fascists can produce pygmies only and not giants,beautifully portrayed by Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator……and the Nehruvian education beneficiary Manmohan Singh prostrates before Nehru enemy uno Modi on Nehru’s death anniversary! Respect to Nehru or insult!?
While looking for an opportunity to visit freedom fighters monuments, a visit to Srirangptanam was a long time desire which was fulfilled this March, when young leftists invited me to deliver lecture on Bhagat Singh on his martyrdom day on 23rd March at Bangalore. On 21st March late night I reached Mysore and on 22nd March- I spent time in Srirangpatnam, on my way to Bangalore from Mysore. I have seen Tipu Sultan as much respected in Pakistan as in India. In fact , a hostel in Punjab University Lahore is named as Sultan Tipu hostel, where I took one morning breakfast, when I was staying on campus in 2007. Natioanl art gallery in Lahore has many Tipu portrits displayed. I clicked progeny of Tipu Sultan as pictured by Britishers in 1780-1799 period. Tipu’s summer palace Darya Daulat Bagh is beautiful, so is Gumbaz, where all family including ancestars of Tipu are buried. Most venerable are tombs of Tipu Sultan, his father-Haider Ali and mother. Other graves, including Tipu’s wife, sisters and childerrn are outside main grave centre.Sharing some photographs of that memorable visit and Tipu Sultan’s brief introduction through a historian’s monograph: Tipu Sultan had gifted silver bowl to local ancient Sri Ranganath Swamy temple of Srirangpatnam, whose photograph also I could click from his museum, which Darya Daulat Bagh has now been made into. His old palace is in shambles, but his maryrdom location is well preserved, so are some other monuments like two dungeons. Srirangpatnam is small town.
Tipu Sultan, B Sheik Ali, NBT, New Delhi, 1972/2005 ed. Pages 62, price 25/ rupees
This small monograph authored by Karnatka historian Prof. (retd.)B Sheik Ali of Mysore University was published in 1972 and has run into many reprints since then, this being on 2005. In this small volume B. Sheik Ali in nine small chapters, apart from his introduction has narrated the life of great Indian warrior and king Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan rule in India was short but stormy. He lived and died in the cause of driving Britishers away from India and sacrificed his own life bravely for this.
Tipu Sultan’s father established his rule in Mysore state after 1761 third battle of Panipat. He fought against British from 1760 onwards and protected his state till 1778. Marathas were also inimical towards him, sometimes he had to face both the enemies together. Haider Ali ruled with valor till his death in 1782, when his son Tipu Sultan took the reins of state at capital Srirangpatna.
Tipu Sultan was born on 20th November 1750 at Devanhalli fort and was named Tipu after saint Tipu Mastan Aulia. He got scholastic training in war and administration both and had interest in religious texts also. He inherited a powerful kingdom from his father, he had first experience of war in 1763, at the age of just 13 years and participated during 1769-72 wars.He inflicted heavy losses on British in 1783-4, but Hyderabad Nizam and Marathas were also attacking him. Tipu had contacts with French troops and he established commercial relations with number of foreign countries like China, Turkey, Ottoman empire, Jeddah, Armenia etc. He had agent in Mughal Durbar at Delhi. Third Mysore war fought in 1790, brought Tipu heavy losses. Nizam, Marathas and British company all joined together to attack Tipu. Tipu’s two sons were held hostage by British. After this loss, Tipu concentrated on stabilising and he paid attention to administration and irrigation for peasants. On the excuse of seeking French intervention, which was not to be, Wellesley invaded Mysore in April 1799 and Tipu died honorably fighting on 4th May 1799, thus bringing an end to free Indian state, which now came under British control Historian V Rajan has described this war to be India’s first war of independence, rather than 1857, he fought even a lost court case on this issue!
Undoubtedly Haider Ali-Tipu Sultan rule of Mysore state for nearly four decades was one of the best and Tipu is hero of both India and Pakistan