Submitted by Newseditor on Sat, 2015-11-14 20:13 Belagavi: Veteran Journalist Nadoja Patil Puttappa has defended the state government’s move of organising Tipu Sultan Jayanti stating that the “Tiger of Mysuru” had taken on the mighty British while disapproving the protests by people and party raising voice against the celebrations. Speaking to a section of media persons after inaugurating a newly constructed Khadi Bhavan at Malmaruti extension in Belagavi, Puttappa said opposition and politicisation of the issue of Jayanti celebration was unfair. “Tipu had strived to protect Shringeri Sharada temple and every ruler in the past had struggled for his existence, These rulers could not be undermined for the casualities of war. Positive things done by these rulers should be taken into consideration. It is the demand of the Muslim community to make Tipu Jayanti a state celebrations. Are not Muslims the citizens of the country to put forth their demand?” , he questioned. Terming the remarks of Girish Karnad in connection to the naming of International Airport at Devanahalli in Bengaluru after Kempegouda and his claims that naming of the airport after Tipu Sultan was more suitable following the birth of the warrior king at Devanahalli as “untimely”, Puttappa opined that Karnad should have avoided this controversy. Several dynasties like the Rashtrakootas, Kadambas, Vijayanagar had ruled the State. Similarly Kempegowda was a chieftain ( Palegara) of Yelahanka. It was not wrong to name the airport after Kempegowda, important establishments should be named after these dynasties which will help us to be abreast about our history, he stated. On another query over the communal colour being given to the celebration, Puttappa said communal violence were emerging fast in the recent times, but the nation had the strength to face and address these challenges, however it was unfortunate that celebration of Tipu Jayanti was being opposed. Patil Puttappa also criticised the demand for separate state hood for North Karnataka.