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May 28, 2018 / subramanyam

Welcome Mauri

Mauri, the second book of Abhaya collection by Saiswaroopa Iyer is set to release on 9th June 2018 on Amazon Kindle Store. Set in the times of Mahabharata, the books explore lesser known stories of the timeless epic of India from the perspectives of strong female protagonists. The opening Title, Abhaya, was released on Kindle store in November 2015 and has received praise from acclaimed authors and reviewers.

“Abhaya allows us to delve into the world of our ancestors and Gods through the route of great storytelling and a brilliant narrative. A thoroughly enjoyable read” – Amish Tripathi

About Mauri

She wanted to kill the man who others called a God.

Love is but an obstacle in her path

With her father’s death shattering her world, Mauri is torn away from everything she had once loved. Anger replacing every emotion within her, she seeks only one thing. To kill her father’s killer. Even if the man is none less than Krishna Vaasudeva, the man who people worshipped as a God! Someone stands in the way, reining in her bitterness when she is the least prepared for it. The Rakshasa Prince Ghatotkacha! But by the time love sprouts within her, Mauri has gone too far in her thirst for vengeance. Can Mauri save herself and Ghatotkacha before the consequences of her own actions can destroy both their worlds?

mauri

 

Excerpt

The smile on Ghatotkacha’s face faded the moment he saw the figure that had appeared atop the wall. Unknown to him, his fists curled over his club and heart fought against the searing pain of the memory. The memory of betrayal. His intensified gaze and a placid forehead contrasted each other. No more of this. Not now!

Mauri saw him. Like he commanded a new surge of energy after their last meeting. Mauri had little in her defence. And she had other things on her mind before she could take an interest in defending herself. In fact, she had no wish to defend her past actions. Face it! But her predicament sorely needed external help and his demeanour did not leave much hope. Mauri steeled her heart and inhaled. She was going to need all her energies for this!

She forced a smile onto her lips and looked at him, trying to summon her old self. “So, we have visitors!” she thundered, glancing at his small band of Rakshasa followers. “But I regret to inform you that the temple is closed to pilgrims indefinitely.”

“Closed to pilgrims, open to monstrous rogues and their heartless little minions.” Ghatotkacha retorted. “Perhaps there needs to be a change.”

Her guilt notwithstanding, Mauri was not going to brook being called names, much less, being called a minion to a crafty coward like Alambusha. Still, his pain when he uttered the word ‘heartless’ did not go unnoticed by her. Her frown narrowed, fighting back any traces of regret. In vain though. “Change comes at a price, Rakshasa Prince, sorry, King. Though I must say the population under your command has dwindled too much for one to still consider you a king.” She could see his annoyance mounting. Something amused her about it. “So tell me what you can pay, Ghatotkacha!”

Ghatotkacha threw his head up and shrugged looking around. “I would have loved to play a game of word parlay. Except this is no stage and there is no audience to enjoy the exchange.” His eyes betrayed impatience. “I come to keep a promise. A promise of protection that was given to this sacred place under the rule of my uncle, Emperor Yudhishtira. My demand is clear, daughter of late commander Mura. Open the gates, surrender the rogue Rakshasa traitors to me. Open up this temple of the Supreme Goddess to those who deserve to see Her.”

“I asked for a price you could pay and you repeat the demand. By the Goddess, someone needs to grow up!” Mauri sneered back and leaned against a pole, feigning nonchalance. This was all going nowhere—her show of hostility, his mounting anger, Dhatri’s life in danger, and Alambusha preferring to hide inside the inner circle. She needed to break away. She struck upon a frantic plan, praying all Gods for its success. “There seems to be only one language you understand. Defeat me, and you can have a free pass inside.”

About the Author

Formerly an analyst with a Venture capital firm, Saiswaroopa currently writes Puranic fiction, with a focus on lesser known heroines of Ancient India. Mauri is her third work of fiction after Abhaya and Avishi. Her interests include Carnatic Music, Philosophy, History and Literature of India. She won a state level gold medal from TTD in rendering Annamacharya Kritis. She holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

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April 16, 2018 / subramanyam

Blame Yourself …

This forward has been doing the rounds. And as much as this stems from emotion and anger and these are necessary to spur action, they cant be the basis of changing laws.

Law needs to follow due process. Yes, the glacial speed isnt helping any one but drafting laws needs expertise and all round thinking, to put it as, I guess, dumb-ly as possible. Law and those who truly uphold the law – and they exist – are perhaps the reason why this country still has hope. Activists work for decades to see change. Sri Pradip, an activist from Maharashtra worked for decades with the tribals and got the Forest Rights Act passed after *30 years*. In between the trials and tribulations they faced is unbelievable. You and I wouldn’t sustain the fight.

As we rush to draft laws to hang rapists we must also look at drafting them in a manner to provide speedy justice to those falsely accused. Let us not forget false cases of sexual assault are also filed even if it is miniscule. People cannot languish in jail for crimes they havent committed. And if you want to know the number of Muslims, people belonging to indigenous tribes or the utterly poor languishing in jail without even a trial or a conviction, you’d be horrified.

I wouldn’t criticise or try and shame people who tweet their outrage as just plain arm chair activism. They contribute to public discourse. It shows a people who are observing, reacting in their own way. Protests happen, people get on the roads for something they feel deeply for, ask for attention and get it. They are telling politicians that, hey, listen, pay attention, I am watching you.

And getting things changed at a Government / systemic level is not for the meek. It requires perseverence, nerves of steel, meeting people who ll call you all sorts of names.

We are trigger happy. We like labeling. Commie!! Libtard! You are sickular!! You dont love the nation!! You are against Hindus/Christians/Muslims! You are against the PM/CM. You are against Dharma! Culture! Language! People! Soil! Crops! Villagers! Farmers! The list is endless.

To talk of the context of this forward-message, there is outrage against sexual assault and rape in every sphere and I am proud of the strides we have made in just 10 years. From victim shaming to all of us speaking up as a society for justice; I see we are trying to be better. We are all trying to grow up. And we all do so in different ways. We are trying to pin the blame on the perpetrator instead of the victim. Much change has happened. And yet, we have a long way to go.

There is another video doing the rounds listing all the rapes by Muslim men in the past month alone – only arrests have been made – action has been taken! The said ‘anger’ in the video is “WHY NO HASHTAG for these kids? Is it because these kids were raped by Muslims?” From no FIRs lodged for rape to perpetrators being booked we have come *such* a long way. And pedophiles in church are still protected. What does one do?

India deals with several unique issues. The people, languages, culture, castes and communities, supremacy and oppression, desperation to improve education and health, making our borders stronger, wanting investment and jobs but seeing the desperate need to safeguard our present and future with regard to our environment. The list is endless. We have made a lot of progress in 70 years.

And we are a VERY difficult lot to govern.

And for this reason, as much as I feel we need to hold politicians accountable and we have learned to do it, at least on social media, most of us dont go to courts. We just dont know. We all have our things to do. And there are people who also have things to do and yet fight the good fight for decades for change at a systemic level. When we all speak up, we subconsciously tell those fighting in courts and changing laws that we are behind them, whether we know them or not. We are giving them strength. Public discourse puts some pressure despite the short term memory loss.

Bandaids will applied on lesions due to skin cancer. Thats what is happening with us. We all protest, throw shoes at politicians and cricketers. But we must encourage ourselves to think rationally. Public policy cant be written this way. Not with shoes.

Which is why I take mild umbrage to people generally blaming the politicians for everything that’s going wrong on society. And every time a rape case happens and takes spotlight I get a few tweets say the laws in the Middle East are better for this. I am not so sure. I have read news stories where the woman is flogged in public for being raped. Perhaps it is a region-to-region thing in ME.

Rape and sexual assault is a societal problem. We separate boys and girls from childhood thinking we’ll prevent them from having premature sex. We subconsiously tell our boys to keep distance from this object of a girl that shouldn’t be touched. Indians are petrified of Sex. And two people having sex. If we had really worked on this fear, we wouldn’t be booming with the population we have now. But no, lets not go there now.

We turn deaf when a child says they were sexually assaulted by a relative. Girls abused by their own fathers and mothers being unable to do anything because of financial dependence. If you even start hearing stories and the sheer number of boys and girls and the perpetrators of CSA and how 95% it happens by a relative, your mind will reel.

We asked Nirbhaya what she was doing alone at night with her boyfriend. Don’t forget that this was a very loud argument on social media and prime time TV. We have changed since then, or at least most of us wouldnt dare to say that openly even if we think it. Because we know we would be criticised. Nirbhaya’s juveline rapist is out somewhere now. But this Government has looking at working on how to punish juvenile rapists as well and try them as adults. If you look, everything is not All bad. Or All good.

Don’t forget there was a vocative group that believed a 11 year Arushi was sexually involved with Hemraj and hence the parents killed them. We shame girls for wearing nailpolish or dressing up. We shame boys trying to have a normal conversation with girls.

Some of us Indians are rotten and sick to the core. We say vile things and do vile things in the pretext of saving our land and culture and _____ fill up the blanks with whatever you feel needs saving.

We all know a friend who will drink and drive and boast about it; bribe to get our work done (this of course is a avangala nirutha sollu naan nirutharaen kinda problem. I dont know what the solution is); we will go buy apartments that have been developed over lake beds and complain about no water; we wont maintain rain water harvesting systems; People will take a U-turn on roads when they aren’t supposed to; let us not even get to where we all will take U-Turns with our ethics and morals when our personal convenience is at stake.

So, the next time you want to blame the politician – remember he/she exploits the bias that is within you. Indians are polarised because we love polarisation. We need an enemy. It is NEVER your fault. It can be different at different times. Mughals!!! British!! Muslims!! Christians!! Communists!! Liberals!! Bollywood! The Underworld!!! Reservation!!!

2018 and the long gone Mughals whose bodies have decomposed to be the soil in which our food is grown are still the reason for a lot of evil now. Perhaps. Likewise with the recently exited British.

I mean with hundreds of years to a few decades we have always wanted someone to point fingers at. Yes we have corrected much.

Now it is the politician. But do you dare to point fingers at yourself?

And I bet my bottom dollar that 98% of the Indians will be worse than the very politician that you detest. You just need the power and opportunity 🙂 Don’t kid yourself that you are bathed in milk, as they say in Hindi.

It really isnt about pointing fingers at the politician when you as a citizen cannot be truly patriotic. I have said this as an RJ for years. And I will always maintain this.
Patriotism doesn’t end with just standing in attention for the National anthem or respecting the soldier at the border.

And which is why I think, despite all the hue and cry, Indians aren’t really a patriotic people. Because people who love their country wouldn’t do what we are doing to their land.

So, basically don’t blame the PM or a party. (however it would be great if the PM’s social media manager unfollowed the bigots and the rape-threat-tweeting-murder-threat -tweeting, chest thumping, thigh slapping wimps)
You who want the PM/CM/MLA to belong to YOUR caste, Your religion. Have the same biases as you.

Blame yourself, my dear Indian. Blame yourself. 🙂

Fin.

BTW
GST has been in the planning for a decade or so
Government are changed with 5-10 years of careful long term planning.

 

Source : Facebook status of Chinmayi Sreepada

January 26, 2018 / subramanyam

Padmaavat Controversy : My Take

The word Padmaavat is enough to evoke strong reactions in the country now. Hence please read the disclaimers before you proceed to read the post.
Disclaimers
1. I have not seen the movie Padmaavat till now. Hence I really don’t know as to what was shown in the film. So I do not want to speak about that.
2. From whatever I have seen in Jodha Akbar and whatever I have heard from my friends regarding Baji Rao – Mastani, I have my doubts about the adjustments that Bhansali makes for his films. So I am not supporting the film as yet.
3. Please do not come to conclusions reading a part of this post. Please read it entirely and then draw your conclusions.

Why am I writing this post ?

It was disturbing to see the images of the kids taking cover when stones were being hurled at their school bus, that’s was the tipping point that made write the post.

Here are my views on this controversy.

1. Should Rajputs have Reservations on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie?
As long as they have not seen the film, yes. Once they watch it they would have the facts. There were a lot of rumors in the air regarding the film and producers, and the director did precious little to assuage the concerns of the people. Bhansali’s past gives us enough reasons to have doubts.

The Rajputs and Karni Sena are justified in having reservations about the film.  Queen Padmavati is the icon of Rajputs an they have every right to stand up for her honor.

Freedom of art is one thing and hurting sentiments is another, anyone can protest in case they believe their sentiments are hurt.

2. Are the current actions of Karni Sena Justified?

Hell no, how the hell can they attack and burn public property in the name of a protest. The state governments have banned the film, the supreme court overturned the ban and cleared the decks for the release of the movie.

Since the judgement was against you and the movie is getting release will you and your ilk burn public property? Will you attack school kids just because of this? Just because you are angry would you go and burn vehicles and property that belongs to other private individuals?

Those famed Rajputs who gave the greats like Akbar and Aurangzeb a run for their lives and money have fallen to this. Is meaningless violence the only way to indulge in a protest? This meaningless violence is called vandalism not protest. Please, please, dear friends, this is not the way to show the angst and anger. By doing this, you are actually playing into the hands of people who want to bring the reputation of Rajputs down.

Those people who created all these disturbances must be brought to book and the strictest possible action must be taken on them.

Now, that brings us to the question as what the states are doing about this.

Are the states doing enough to control this violence

UP is doing well in this regard, we are not hearing much of violent incidents there.  It would have been great had the other governments too followed the suit.  They did the right thing in anticipating the protests, they should have arranged for the force to the control them too.  I think Yogi ji had the predicted things correctly and acted swiftly.  He really deserves the praise.

To Conclude 

If Karni Sena could have channelized the energy and the anger in bringing to light the original version of  the story of the queen.  The controversy has been around for over 12 months now.  This time could have been used productively, They could have brought a mass movement in the youth using the social media.  They could have told the original story using some wonderful Audio Visuals.  We lost that time now.  Even now, I wish that the Karni sena changes its ways and gives the reply to art with another art form.  Most of the country is with them and is giving them their moral support but the very same supporters are not finding find their acts palatable, it is high time the leaders of Karni Sena realize this.

It is important to fight for our heritage but violence during any protest is simply not acceptable.

December 27, 2017 / subramanyam

Retro of 2017.

The habit persists… and here is the seventh retro in a row.

As ever let me start with the standard disclaimer. This post, another retro of my life, might drive you nuts as it has no important info other than the good bad and ugly of Subbu in 2017. Hence, think twice and act wisely before you continue reading.

2017 will go down as the year where I tried quite some things in my life. I succeeded in a few (very few ones) am doing o.k. in some and am being a laggard in a few others.

Things I tried my hands at
1. I took the role of Area Director, I feel I am still doing o.k with it.
2. Started giving sessions on TM modules. I had a good response here.
3. Started a TM club this year in the organization and am focussed on sustaining it.
4. Started doing some things I love the most, making videos, speaking on spiritual things, etc. I dunno how I am faring here, but am doing those activities as I like them.

Good Habit I started this year:

Not too many good habits in this year, but yeah I am following my passion and giving time to it. While I do not see much of tangible benefits from this, I am liking what I am doing.

I am taking mentoring seriously and am working on improving myself on the front of prioritization and organizing myself. Hope this would work out for me this time.

I am also taking time out to read more non-fiction and this to me is a considerable improvement. Started reading Rajiv Malhotra ji’s books, They are some of the best books I ever laid my hands on. Trust me; they are eye-openers.

I am becoming more health conscious and started some physical exercise. I am doing Yoga; I am doing it on and off. Need to make it a regular habit going forward.

Old habits that persist:

Laziness, procrastination,, and talkativeness. I am improving on them but then again leaps and bounds to cover.

Making progress on Procrastination too, but talkativeness is something I am unable to control.

I start things, but I stop them. I want to improve on this front.

Moment(s) of the Year:
1. That one evening when I had a blissful Darsanam of Anjaneya Swamy in a temple. I just cannot explain the joy in words.

2. Starting the TM club in AMD.

3. Getting a chance to spend some quality time with a CEO. The learnings I received are amazing.

4. Spending time and learning from a champion speaker. I got to spend a great deal of time with a champion speaker and the learning was indeed awesome.

5. Watching your kid grow is one of the biggest joys of life and am experiencing it. It comes with its price and consumes its own good time of yours, but no qualms. One smile from her and the happiness flows. So every moment here is a moment to treasure.

6. Doing a 4+ hour session on public speaking in Nagpur, can never forget the experience.

7. The YLP program,  I signed up for a YLP program and went to Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust to do the sessions.  This was an awesome thing that has ever happened to me.  I donot know as to what those girls learn from me. I did learn a lot.

8. On the last day of the program there were 10+ girls who gave 7 minutes speeches. That’s a moment I would relish for life.

Good things that happened to me:

1. The all benevolent Almighty gave me a chance to visit some of the most important pilgrimage places in India. That was the best thing that happened to me this year.

2. Life is teaching me a lesson or two about family life and the responsibilities. Learning it in my own way and own pace. Sometimes, I was incredibly frustrated due to some issues in the family, but they made me come out wiser.

Reading :
I completed a decent set of books this year, Here they are:
1. Indra’s Net
2. Sri Dakshina Murty, Guru Ishwara Atman
3. The Dark Road.
4. Hindu Human Rights.
5. Chip in the Madrasa
6. NDTV frauds
7. History under your feet
8. The City of Victory
9. Kadambari (Telugu)
10. Hindus Under Siege
11. Open Eyed Meditations
12. Vidyadhara Chakravarthy
13. The flame of Anahata
14. Abhaya (This book is a must Read)
15. Avishi
16. Immortal India
17. The Autobiography of Sex Worker.
18. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
19. 17 Essential qualities of a Team player.
20. Things fall Apart.

Professional life:
Taking up new responsibilities in the organization, having a roller-coaster ride with them for now.

Blogging :
I wrote only 37 posts this year, much less than the usual 100+ posts I write every year. This is a definite improvement from the last year, and this is something I want to improve in the years to come.

Most embarrassing moment:
We had this gaming event in the organization; I was working hard since morning, they provided sumptuous lunch and post lunch I was relaxing (read napping), guess what the senior director caught me . Very Embarrassing.

Things I did not like about myself:
Almost a copy paste from last year,
the only improvements were in the time spent with family and the food discipline.
Poor planning for things, that kept me in a tight spot quite a number of times.

Then, using office time for personal work. I improved the pace at which I work in the office, but I am sure that’s not enough. I am gradually losing touch with friends.
Again no exercise ….. the list simply goes on…. I wish to correct most of them next year; let’s see what 2018 has in store for me.
Wishing one and all a very happy new year 2018.

December 5, 2017 / subramanyam

BJP’s future in A.P.

Here are two very good videos on BJP’s situation in AP.  In one video the anchor speaks about all the support AP is getting from the center and still is not getting the credit.  We are seeing much better roads being laid, toilets being built and many other things.  However, the center is not getting credit for any of these things.

Even for Amaravathi they are have given close to 2500 crores as funds for the roads , we have only 1000 crores pending right now, still the center almost does not get any credit for this.

 

In 1994 elections BJP did win a decent number of seats on its own in the state of Andhra Pradesh (United State).  In the 1998 general election they won 4 MP seats on their own.  However, they then went for an alliance with TDP, they did get a huge success in 1999 but then faced a huge a debacle when TDP ditched them in 2004.  They were working all alone till 2014 and then came to join forces with TDP.  Now again they are in down slide, who is to blame here ?

Today they are in a situation where all good they do goes to TDP’s kitty while they are blamed for anything that is going bad in the state.  How will they come out of this?  Today we are in a situation where the center is being blamed for not changing a contractor.  Do listen to these details in this video.

 

 

December 3, 2017 / subramanyam

Some very good Habits

ఆలస్యం బొక యింత లేదు, శుచి యాహారంబు, నిత్యక్రియా
జాలం బేమఱ, మర్చనీయు లతిథుల్, సత్యంబ పల్కంబడున్,
మేలై శాంతియు బ్రహ్మచర్యమును నెమ్మిం దాల్తు; మట్లౌట నె
క్కాలంబుం బటురోగమృత్యుభయశంకం బొంద మే మెన్నఁడున్. 3-4-190

 

(ఈ ఆశ్రమంలో మేము కొన్ని నియమాలను నిష్ఠతో ఆచరిస్తాం. ఇక్కడ మేం ఎన్నడును కాలహరణం చేయం, ఆహారం పరిశుభ్రంగా ఉంచుతాం, అతిథులను పూజిస్తాం, సత్యవ్రతాన్ని సదా పాటిస్తాం, శాంతి, బ్రహ్మచర్యం మాకు మేలైన అనుష్ఠానాలు. ఇట్టి నియమాలను నిష్ఠతో పాటించటం చేత, ఇక్కడ మాకు మృత్యుభయమే లేదు. అట్లాగే ఎటువంటి భయాందోళనలకూ ఈ ఆశ్రమంలో తావు లేదు.

This is a very good Shloka from Mahabharatha that speaks about good habits.

Here a sage is saying as to why there nothing called worry in his Ashram.  The Sage says,

“In this Ashram we follow the following rules and hence we never have any fear (including the fear of death) or anxiety

1.  We never waste time

2.  Our food is always clean

3.  We do not swerve from the path of duty (We have the routines which we ought to perform and we never ignore them)

4.  We always respect our guests in fact we feel blessed that they have visited us and ensure that they receive the best of the hospitality

5. We never speak lies

6. We are peace with the world

7. We practice Brahmacharya

Hence we live a life that is free from worry , anxiety etc ..”

December 2, 2017 / subramanyam

Why is Tipu hated by a number of Hindus

This is answer I wrote on Quora, it was having  good number of up votes there,  hence wanted to share it here as well.

As a history enthusiast and as a person who has read about TIPU. Here are a few incidents that come to my mind as to why man Hindus hate him.

Killings of Mandyam Iyengars :

Till date the Iyengars of Mandyam region donot celebrate Deepavali, the reason , TIPU and his troops killed 800 men on the day of Naraka Chaturdashi (the day before Deepavali)some 200 years ago. What was the sin of these people? Were they waging a war against TIPU? No. They were going on with their lives. TIPU had all of them killed as he suspected that one of them Tirumalai Iyengar was trying to resurrect Wodeyars (the original Kings of Mysore before Tipu and Hyder Ali) in Mysore.

Did Tipu have any proof against Tirumalai Iyengar at that time — No. He just received information that this man might be plotting against him and he got 800 people killed.

His hatred for Hindus did not stop here.

As the world knows, Tipu wrote his letters himself. These letters serve as huge testimony to the sort of person Tipu was, Here is one such letter

Tipu writes to Burduz Zamaun Khan on 19 January 1790: “Don’t you know I have achieved a great victory recently in Malabar and over four lakh Hindus were converted to Islam?”, and to Syed Abdul Dulai on 18 January 1790: “With the grace of Prophet Muhammad and Allah, almost all Hindus in Calicut are now converted to Islam. Only a few are still not converted on the borders of Cochin State. I am determined to convert them also very soon. I consider this as Jehad to achieve that object.

Even people who were at loggerheads with British spoke about Tipu’s atrocities.

For example : here is what a Portuguese traveler had to say about the great sultan and his love for his faith.

The world-famous Protuguese traveller, Fr. Barthoelomeo, not a Britisher, writes in his book Voyage to East Indies: “First a corps of 30,000 barbarians who butchered everybody on the way… followed by the field-gun unit under the French Commander, M. Lally… Tipu was riding on an elephant behind which another army of 30,000 soldiers followed. Most of the men and women were hanged in Calicut, first mothers were hanged with their children tied to necks of mothers. That barbarian Tipu Sultan tied the naked Christians and Hindus to the legs of elephants and made the elephants to move around till the bodies of the helpless victims were torn to pieces. Temples and churches were ordered to be burned down, desecrated and destroyed. Christian and Hindu women were forced to marry Mohammadans and similarly their men were forced to marry Mohammadan women. Those Christians who refused to be honoured with Islam, were ordered to be killed by hanging immediately. These atrocities were told to me by the victims of Tipu Sultan who escaped from the clutches of his army and reached Varappuzha, which is the centre of Carmichael Christian Mission. I myself helped many victims to cross the Varappuzha river by boats.”

Here is the account of another Frenchman Francois Fidele Ripaud de Montaudever. This French man fought on the side of Tipu , he in fact gave Tipu a shipload of French Warriors.

In his diary entry of January 14, 1799, he writes: “I’m disturbed by Tipu Sultan’s treatment of these most gentle souls, the Hindus. During the siege of Mangalore, Tipu’s soldiers daily exposed the heads of many innocent Brahmins within sight from the fort for the Zamorin and his Hindu followers to see.”

Another diary entry of Ripaud says: “To show his ardent devotion and steadfast faith in the Mohammedan religion, Tipu Sultan found Kozhikode to be the most suitable place. Kozhikode was then a centre of Brahmins and had over 7,000 Brahmin families living there. Over 2,000 Brahmin families perished as a result of Tipu Sultan’s Islamic cruelties. He did not spare even women and children.”

A disgusted Ripaud left Seringapatnam and went back to France, where he obtained captainship of a fine fighting ship, the Shapho. On February 23, 1814, fighting an English frigate, Ripaud had his arm ripped off by a cannon ball. He died the same evening. Even the British, his arch enemies, gave a 21-cannon salute to this brave adventurer, once Tipu Sultan’s ‘Great White Hope’.

Tipu’s ring was mentioned in one of the answers. Here is what that man had on his sword.

The famous Sword of Tipu Sultan was found in Tipu’s bed-chamber after he was defeated by the British on May 4th, 1799. The Sword was publicly presented by General Harris to General Baird, who had led the assault. On behalf of the British Army, it was presented by Major Allan, Deputy Quarter-Master-General in person, at Madras, to Marquess Wellesly after the conquest of Seringapatam, Karnataka, India. On the handle (hilt) of the Tipu Sultan’s steel Sword was the following inscription (translated to English) in praise of the Almighty (Muhammad of Islam):

“My victorious sabre is lightning for the destruction of the unbelievers. Haidar, the Lord of the Faith, is victorious for my advantage. And moreover, he destroyed the wicked race who were unbelievers. Praise be to him, who is the Lord of the Worlds! Thou art our Lord, support us against the people who are unbelievers. He to whom the Lord giveth victory prevails over all (mankind). Oh Lord, make him victorious, who promoteth the faith of Muhammad. Confound him, who refuseth the faith of Muhammad; and withhold us from those who are so inclined. The Lord is predominant over his own works. Victory and conquest are from the Almighty. Bring happy tidings, Oh Muhammad, to the faithful; for God is the kind protector and is the most merciful of the merciful. If God assists thee, thou wilt prosper. May the Lord God assist thee, Oh Muhammad, with a mighty victory.”

The Sword of Tipu Sultan, which British invaders took it as a battle trophy after they defeated him 1799, it came back into Indian hands in 2003. The legendary sword was bought by Mr. Vijay Mallya of UB Group for Rs. 1.5 crores, when the descendants of General Baird auctioned it in London in September 2003.

These are a few instances that came out, got knows what people of that time had to suffer because of Tipu and his misguided religious zeal. Isn’t it natural that the Hindus of that era hated Tipu.

Sources : Tipu Sultan’s Sword Inscription Exhorting Violence against Unbelievers: Facts

I picked the online version of Tipu’s letters from Mint. This is the link on Mint.com:

http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/…

I picked the online version of Fr. Barthoelomeo from here.

http://voiceofdharma.org/books/t…