Monthly Archives: April 2011

Crime and Punishment: The Tipu way…

Tipu’s times were barbarous, and that the most atrocious punishments were frequently inflicted on malefactors. Even impaling was occasionally resorted to and Levin Bowring who narrated these punishments was shown at Bednur the Shila Battery Hill, where he saw the … Continue reading

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Tipu Sultan’s Moustache

Not many know of this but the fear and notoriety surrounding Tipu in England was so great that even his moustache was not spared after his martyrdom. Major Price, a prize agent during the sack of Seringapatam has noted in … Continue reading

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Haidar Ali and his Dancing Girls

Haidar Ali was accustomed to have a party of Bayaderes, dancing women, early every night at his tent. If the woman who danced was a Hindu, she was required to wear a white dress; if she was a Mussalman woman, … Continue reading

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Tipu Sultan’s Innovative Banking System

Tipu was not just a brilliant strategist but also had sound economic sense. His enterprises across Mysore and the rest of the world included factories in Kutch, Muscat,Karachi, Mahe, Pune, Nagore. All this was looked after by a corporation instituted … Continue reading

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Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan’s respect for the ancient Vijaynagar Kings

Hayavadana Rao writes that in July 1776, Haidar Ali crossed the Tungabhadra in basket boats at Anegundi. The chief of Anegundi Tirumala Raya , a descendant of the illustrious kings of Vijaynagar, submitted to Haidar with an offer of ‘a … Continue reading

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