Bangalore: A review committee set up by the Karnataka government to study controversial references in school books has recommended retaining a chapter on Tipu Sultan but has said it will remove its glorified portion. The committee has recommended the inclusion of Mysore's Wadiyar royal family, Venkatappa Nayak of the Surpur dynasty and other rulers in the school books. On the other hand, state BJP MLA MP Renukacharya demanded the closure of the madrasas in the state, saying anti-national activities are promoted in them.
The School Textbook Review Committee headed by Rohit Chakrathirtha, in its report to the state government, has pointed out that 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan is called the Lion of Mysore. Chakratirtha says that no one knows who has given this title to Tipu Sultan and in what context. Several Hindu organisations, including BJP MLA Apachu Ranjan, had raised objections to Tipu Sultan. They said he was a staunch Islamic sultan who massacred and converted a large number of Hindus. He has been unnecessarily glorified in school courses. After that, the government constituted this committee.
The committee has recommended the inclusion of the Wadiyar dynasty, the Ahom dynasty, which ruled for 600 years in the North-East and the Karkota dynasty, which ruled Kashmir for 300 years, in the curriculum. Along with this, the report also states that the singular has been used in the courses for Maharishi Valmiki, which is derogatory. Regarding this, BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal has called for the complete removal of Muslim rulers including Tipu Sultan, Aurangzeb and other Muslim rulers on Saturday (26 March 2022) from the courses.