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The Sword of Tipu Sultan

SUMMARY The Sword of Tipu Sultan

This historical novel tells the story of Tipu Sultan the man the lover the soldier the prince and the king It speaks of those who loved and betrayed him; of charming ladies and brilliant men around him; of his greatness and of the crafty stupidity of his contemporaries; os the wit and folly of his times; and of the struggle of men and ideas when faced with the march of history Based on extensive research and original sources The Sword of Tipu Sultan is an original contribution to histori. All I remember of the TV serial The Sword of Tipu Sultan was the controversy around it I gave up watching after being bored to death by Hyder Ali's rhetoric in heavily Persianized Urdu I had not read the book because I assumed that the book would be similar in toneYears later glancing through the introduction I see that this book is the result of 13 years' research by the author in the UK France Portugal Turkey and India Well I say to myself maybe there's a good story here as I pick up the book and check it out of the library I was wrongThis book is in the glowing eulogistic tradition where the hero is saint warrior gentleman ideal king perfect son husband father etc Someone who can do no wrong Someone who is much misunderstood by history All the ill that befalls him is not due to a weakness or a fault but due to betrayal and cunningnessIn the same tradition all his enemies are tarred as cruel scheming and even cowardly The only excpeions being the Marathas It looks like much of the 'history' is a retelling conveniently ignoring certain uncomfortable factsAnd if the history is bad the story telling is much worse This is a cloying uni dimensional account that does no justice to the rich complexity of the times and the actors Recommendation This book is best avoided


Cal literature which gives insights into the character of its hero and the period in which he livedTipu maligned by historians as a cruel and bigoted ruler emerges here as a humane enlightened ruler who believes that God is not confined to any one religion and that all religions therefore reuire eual respect He was opposed to colonialism; welcomed the American Declaration of Independence and applauded the spirit of the French Revolution The author establishes him as the first among moder. 25 starsAh Tipu Sultan To Hindu right wingers he's Muslim Hitler To Indian liberals he's an Enlightened Secular rulerTo me well I just like the guy When I was a teenager I had read in Abdul Kalam's autobiography that he had used rockets attached with swords against the British I repeat ROCKETS With SWORDS Hey I'm a simple man so I decided to like TipuThe reality of Tipu Sultan is of course far complicated as William Dalrymple rightly explains in an article Bhagwan Gidwani's book falls woefully short of capturing this complexity Gidwani suarely falls in the 'enlightened secular ruler' camp which to his credit he declares in his lucid introduction His intentions are noble he simply wants to rescue a figure who's looked down upon by many But Gidwani does it in a way that lacks any nuance that makes Tipu a flawless Gary Sue who could no wrongThis is an unfortunate flaw that is seen in many Indian historical movies The Hero is fantastic in every respect This book is just another example of that having a character who is 100% good can get tiring after some point Close to the end of the book I started wishing the British would attack uickly and get it over with Curiously Gidwani is able create nuanced characters when he wants to For instance in the first chapter there's a British commander who doesn't want to abandon his Indian troops Cornwallis and Wellesley occasionally feel pangs of conscience when they reflect on the destruction they leave So ironically the British come across as realistic – which is a shame Worst of all there's only ONE passing mention of 'a rocketman' Just ONE

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N Indian nationalists who knew also that India was weakened not by outside powers but by sickness decadence and disunity withinThe novel vividly portrays the drama of Tipu's times and recaptures the amazing spirit of the man who in the midst of disaster lost neither his dignity nor his love nor his faith in the values he cherished He chose to court death when he could have saved himself for he firmly believed that his sacrifice would serve as an example for the future generations of Indi. Great piece of writing 👌👌👌

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