Author Archives: Olikara

About Olikara

An engineer, history buff, collector of South Indian antiques.

The Tigers’ revenge – The chase, capture and punishment of General Mathews for the Anandapuram atrocity

“four hundred beautiful women, all bleeding with wounds from the bayonet, and either dead or expiring in each others’ arms, while the common soldiers, casting off all obedience to their officers were stripping them of their jewels and committing every … Continue reading

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Despair, Revolution and Exile: Tipu Sultans’ Family in Vellore

Hidden among Calcutta’s by-lanes just across the Presidency college is India’s oldest repository of colonial records from 1758 till post 1947. The West Bengal state archives at 6, Bhawani Dutta lane is a treasure trove of information on civil, military … Continue reading

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Chaqmaq Jang: The Martyr of Canara, Henje Nayaka

The story of Tipu Sultan is incomplete without the stories of countless characters that surrounded him. Of these characters there were many that stood shoulder to shoulder with him in the fight for a united and triumphant Mysore as well … Continue reading

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Fangs of the Tiger: The Seringapatam Matchlock & Other Guns of Tipu Sultan

This is the third and final in a trilogy of articles providing the reader with an introduction to Tipu Sultan’s technologically advanced and vigorous arms industry. We started with studying about the process and economics of steel production in Mysore … Continue reading

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Technology Transfer and a Cashless Economy: Tipu Sultan’s efforts to imbibe European Science and keep Indian Gold in India

Tipu Sultan’s interest in imbibing new technology was evident from the beginning of his reign. His embassy to France’s Louis XVI which left Indian shores in July, 1787 carried requests to France to dispatch to Mysore ‘seeds of flowers and … Continue reading

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Preparing the Sinews of War: The Method and Economics of Iron and Steel production in Tipu Sultan’s Mysore

Mysore’s transformation into a technologically advanced state was precipitated on account of the special circumstances that it found itself in towards the middle of the 18th century. Regular skirmishes with the British made   Tipu Sultan realize that the Europeans could only … Continue reading

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A SWORD OF TIPU SULTAN, FORMERLY IN THE WIGINGTON COLLECTION

As a whole, the sword seems to be entirely a European concoction, with the elements declared as later additions by Wigington probably of the same late date and origin as the hilt and blade. Continue reading

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