New Delhi: The Karnataka government on Wednesday informed the Karnataka High Court that no individual will be barred from celebrating Tipu Jayanti on November 10, according to news agency ANI.
Although the government clarified that Tipu Jayanti is not banned in the state, it also told the High Court that the celebrations on the day of Tipu Jayanti will not be like how it was in the past. This announcement was made after the state High Court ordered the government of Karnataka to reconsider its decision of banning the Tipu Jayanti celebrations in the state.
According to a Times of India report, Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadagi informed a division bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka that nothing prevents the petitioners in favour of the festival from celebrating Tipu Jayanti. The statement was made while the court was hearing public interest litigation filed against the Karnataka government’s decision to ban the event.
In the month of July this year, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah condemned the Karnataka government’s order to cancel the Tipu Jayanti celebrations. Siddaramaiah was quoted by a report as saying, “Tipu is a man of the minority community, BJP is against minorities in this country. They aren’t secular. I oppose it.” He added that the government had decided to celebrate Tipu Sultan as he was a historical figure who fought against Britishers.
People across Karnataka used to celebrate Tipu Jayanti on November 10 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of the erstwhile Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan. The celebrations began during the Congress-led Siddaramaiah government in the year 2015.