mouicon Tipu Sultan

In Kerala, or at least in parts of the erstwhile colonial Malabar, many Hindu upper caste households used to keep dogs named Tipu, apparently after the legendary Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan. Make no mistake, this is not so much of an endearing act. In the local culture, very often dogs were named after one's enemies as an insult to them. Often challenges and bets were made on condition that the winners could name their dogs after the losers. And, that brings up the obvious question, what would have provoked these people to name their dogs, derisively, after the valiant Mysore sultan, who put up the toughest challenge against the mighty British in south India and was celebrated as the Mysore Tiger? The obvious answer points to the fact that the legacy of Tipu remains a contentious issue ...

Read More...
Videos