In my previous article on blood bath of Kodavas I had exposed about a fanatic called Tippu, 231years back on the unfortunate day of 13thDecember 1785 Tippu massacred Kodavas in pretext of negotiating and bring end to the decade long war, when Tippu realized he would never be successful to win Kodagu to conquer Malabar and Mangalore.
200 years from then the history of bloody bath repeated in the year 2015, 10th November when Karnataka government decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of a religious fanatic and glorify a coward who lost battle with Kodavas 32 times in his life time, Kodava tribe which lost more than 1,20,000 Kodava as quoted by Tippu’s historian Mir Hussain Ali Khan Kirmani because of the callous killing and imprisoning by Tippu and French army at Devattparamb on banks of River Cavery did reply back when they sided with British army during the battle of Mysuru only to Kill Tippu for the human genocide he conducted on Hindu and Christian community. Karnataka government called Tippu pride of Karnataka irrespective of the fact that Tippu wanted to abolish Kannada completely and make Persian as the administrative language. Use of Persian words in land document in and around Kodagu only proves his cruel intention. A man who didn’t respect Kannada and Kannadigas is today unfortunately projected as the pride of Karnataka, courtesy the vote bank politics.
Having said a lot about Tippu and his human genocide let me now try to put some facts into picture to understand what was Tippu Jayanthi was all about ?
Karnataka, a state which doesn’t really care about the religion we practice and known for its whole heartedness of accepting people from all walks of life and community saw things changing post the Tippu Jayanthi celebration. A line of mental blockage was drawn between communities and killing of hindu activist in south Karnataka just made it bad to worst. People started identifying whom do they stand with and all this because of Tippu Jayanthi.
Tippu Jayanthi was a planned strategy by Congress to please Muslims in the state, My question here is why only Tippu when you knew this was opposed in Kodagu, chikkamangalore and Mangalore ? Why not other Muslim personality like Shishunala Sharif who has conveyed the message of peace, love and brotherhood. The Muslim community has gifted great personalities to the state of Karnataka why could the government not consider celebrating their birth anniversary ? I am sure none across the state would have opposed had it been anyone else apart from Tippu.
There are a lot of questions that remain unanswered with regards to the Tippu Jayanthi. Tippu Jayanthi riot is a well-planned execution by elements which is a direct threat to the nation. How did thousands of people from Kerala enter Kodagu on the eve of Tippu Jayanathi, Let’s understand Tippu Jayanthi celebration was Karnataka governments call, was any official invite sent to Kerala ? How could a banned organization like PFI’s name was associated with the clash? How come the district administration and state government intelligence didn’t known people in thousands were entering Kodagu with boulders and lethal weapons ? Why did the DC of Kodagu go on leave on the same day irrespective of the fact that a massive rally was conducted by VHP in Kodagu a day before Tippu Jayanthi warning the DC and the administration of stopping the celebration and hinting at communal clashes. ? Why was no additional police force sent to Kodagu on the day of Tippu Jayanthi despite a bandh been called by all Hindu and Christian organization. ? Why was the intelligence team and the district in charge minister not present in the district when Muslim organization had told in advance that they would at any cost celebrate the Tippu jayanthi ? Why was the SP of Kodagu granted leave to participate in sports event while SP’s duty was to take control of the district a day in advance ? Why was the crowd who came to celebrate Tippu Jayanthi allowed to carry out march and shout derogatory slogans irrespective of the DC telling he would not allow for any demonstration few days before the event. ? While thousands of people from Kerala entered Kodagu but Hindu activist from Mangalore were stopped from entering Kodagu, raises the suspicion.
Kodagu is politically known to be the strong hold of BJP. Kodagu has always blessed BJP by voting them to power irrespective of the fact that not much development has been done in the district. 2 MLA, 1 MP and most grama and zilla panchyath belong to BJP. The district though small but has always boasted about its contribution towards BJP. However I still fail to understand how Kodagu which recently claimed of making itself a congress Mukth district fail to stop the death of 4 Human being. While the congress government has announced to celebrate Tippu 6 months in advance why didn’t any BJP leader file a PIL in the court? What stopped them from getting a stay order against the celebration ? Thought the Karnataka government has put the blame on the SP and the DC of Kodagu, it doesn’t really answer the mystery questions which has remained unanswered.
The local media clearly seemed to be divided on how they covered the Tippu jayanthi clashes. The Indo Tibet border forces which arrived in the district more than 24 hours after the incident only makes me wonder if this a clear strategy by political parties to strengthen their vote bank and please communities which otherwise lived in peace and harmony. A political game which ended in death of 1 Muslim youth and 3 Hindus only tells the dirty picture of how Indian political strategy is planned and executed over the life of innocents. If Tippu Jayanthi is celebrated this year, there will again be bloodshed. You cannot stop it, The History of the gruesome character like Tippu and his inhuman acts against humanity cannot be wiped off from the hearts of people in Mangalore, Malabar and Kodagu. A district which once was known for its mystic beauty is now another Babri in making.