VHP Wants Girish Karnad’s Blood for Praising Tipu Sultan

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Bengaluru: Protests against Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary celebration continues for the second day in Karnataka after hundreds of BJP-VHP supporters put up a road blockade at Malleswaram circle in Bengaluru and also demanded stern action against gyanpith awardee Girish Karnad for admiring Tipu Sultan on Wednesday.

Since morning despite rain nearly 300 BJP protesters gathered at the circle and raised their voice against Karnad’s remark on Tipu Sultan. On Tuesday, Karnad said that the 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan would have enjoyed the same status as of Maratha king Chhatrapathi Shivaji, if he was a Hindu and not a Muslim.

His statement sparked controversy and drew severe criticism from right wing groups who demanded immediate action against him. Karnad was also criticised for suggesting that Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli should be named after Tipu Sultan rather than Kempegowda.

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Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah said, “We have nothing to do with Mr Karnad statement and there is no proposal before us to change airport’s name.” Reacting on the protest march against him, he said, “I don’t need VHP to tell me what I need to do. I know what I have to do.