New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday showered praise on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for honouring Tipu Sultan, 18th century ruler of Mysore on his death anniversary. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Tharoor claimed that that Khan’s interest in Indian history is ‘genuine’.

Making a veiled attack on BJP leaders, the Thiruvananthapuram MP further said,” It is disappointing, though, that it took a Pakistani leader to remember a great Indian hero on his punyathithi (death anniversary).”

“One thing I personally know about Imran Khan is that his interest in the shared history of the Indian subcontinent is genuine and far-reaching. He read; he cares. It is disappointing, though, that it took a Pakistani leader to remember a great Indian hero on his punyathithi (death anniversary),” tweeted Tharoor.

Tharoor’s comment came in the wake of Khan’s tweet on Tipu Sultan.

On May 4, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had paid tribute to Tipu Sultan and expressed his admiration  for the ruler of the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom also known as the Tiger of Mysore. “Today 4th May is the death anniversary of Tipu Sultan – a man I admire because he preferred freedom and died fighting for it rather than live a life of enslavement,” Imran Khan had tweeted on Saturday.

Who is Tipu Sultan?

Tipu Sultan is famous in history for introducing a number of administrative innovations during his rule, including his coinage and a new land revenue system which initiated the growth of the Mysore’s silk industry.

He is considered a pioneer in the use of rocket artillery.

Why is BJP against Tipu Sultan?

The saffron party has been accusing the Congress of ignoring the “genocide” carried out by the erstwhile ruler of Mysuru, including the killings of Kodavas in Kodagu district and Mandyam Iyengars of Melukote.