New Delhi: Highly critical of Karnataka government’s decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanti to “appease” minorities, an article in ‘Panchjanya’ described him as ‘Aurangzeb’ of South who “forcibly” converted lakhs of people.
“He was the Aurangzeb of South, who converted lakhs of people forcibly and was responsible for bringing down a large number of temples,” said an article in pro-RSS publication ‘Panchjanya’.
“Tipu has been a controversial figure. The sole purpose of celebrating Tipu’s jayanti was to polarise Muslim votes. It has triggered heated debate between his sympathisers and those opposing him. “Hindu organisations claim that Tipu was not a secular, but an intolerant and tyrannical ruler.
He was the Aurangzeb of South, who converted lakhs of people forcibly and was responsible for bringing down a large number of temples,” said an article in pro-RSS publication ‘Panchjanya’.
“There is a clear political angle as to why the Siddaramaiah government sponsored Tipu Jayanti. It is plain even to the most obtuse mind that it was aimed at wooing the Muslims,” said an article ‘Creating false icons’ in ‘Organiser’, brought out by RSS sympathisers.
It was also critical of Siddaramaiah, saying he came to power sidelining hardcore Congress leaders calling himself the champion of the minorities, backward classes and the dalits. “He is the Karnataka version of Mulayam Singh Yadav or Lalu Prasad Yadav. A newcomer to the Congress, he is more of a Janata Dal politician.
While blaming the BJP as being communal and anti-secular, Siddaramaiha has not hesitated to use the name of Hindu deities to gain political mileage,” it said.