These became influential in British rocket development, inspiring the Congreve rocket , which was soon put into use in the Napoleonic Wars. In Tipu Sultan, again following the lead of his father, decided to build a navy consisting of 20 battleships of 72 cannons and 20 frigates of 62 cannons.
In the year he appointed Kamaluddin as his Mir Bahar and established massive dockyards at Jamalabad and Majidabad. Tipu Sultan's board of admiralty consisted of 11 commanders in service of a Mir Yam. A Mir Yam led 30 admirals and each one of them had two ships. Tipu Sultan ordered that the ships have copper-bottoms , an idea that increased the longevity of the ships and was introduced to Tipu by Admiral Suffren. The peak of Mysore's economic power was under Tipu Sultan in the late 18th century.
Along with his father Hyder Ali, he embarked on an ambitious program of economic development, aiming increase the wealth and revenue of Mysore. The Mysore silk industry was first initiated during the reign of Tipu Sultan. He sent an expert to Bengal Subah to study silk cultivation and processing, after which Mysore began developing polyvoltine silk. Under Tipu Sultan, Mysore had some of the world's highest real wages and living standards in the late 18th century, higher than Britain, which in turn had the highest living standards in Europe.
On a personal level, Tipu was a devout Muslim, saying his prayers daily and paying special attention to mosques in the area. The mainstream view considers Tipu's administration to have been tolerant. His religious legacy has become a source of considerable controversy in India, with some groups proclaiming him a great warrior for the faith or Ghazi , while others revile him as a bigot who massacred Hindus,   Christians.
He clamped down on several communities such as the Hindus of Coorg , the Christians of Mangalore , the Nayars of Malabar , the Mappila Muslims of Malabar, the Mahadevi Muslims, and the Muslim Nawab of Savanur and people of Nizams kingdom for both religious and political reasons.
THE TIGER OF MYSORE A STORY OF THE WAR WITH TIPPOO SAIB IN SERINGAPATAM INDIA
Historians such as Brittlebank, Hasan, Chetty, Habib, and Saletare, amongst others, argue that controversial stories of Tipu Sultan's religious persecution of Hindus and Christians are largely derived from the work of early British authors who were very much against Tipu Sultan's independence and harboured prejudice against the Sultan such as Kirkpatrick  and Mark Wilks ,  whom they do not consider to be entirely reliable and likely fabricated. Chetty argues that Wilks' account in particular cannot be trusted. Irfan Habib and Mohibbul Hasan argue that these early British authors had a strong vested interest in presenting Tipu Sultan as a tyrant from whom the British had liberated Mysore.
However, such arguments are dubious because even contemporary French sources mentions about cruelties of Tippu Sultan. The French were allies of Tipu Sultan. Francois Fidele Ripaud de Montaudevert, a French soldier who fought for Tippu, in his diary entry of 14 January writes: "I'm disturbed by Tipu Sultan's treatment of these most gentle souls, the Hindus.
During the siege of Mangalore, Tipu's soldiers daily exposed the heads of many innocent Brahmins within sight from the fort for the Zamorin and his Hindu followers to see. But unlike the Nawab of Carnatic , they did not acknowledge the overlordship of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
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Immediately after his coronation as Badshah , Tipu Sultan sought the investiture of the Mughal emperor. Tipu was a selfdeclared " Sultan " this fact drew towards him the hostility of Nizam Ali Khan , the Nizam of Hyderabad, whom clearly expressed his hostility by dissuading the Mughal emperor and laying claims on Mysore. Disheartened, Tipu Sultan began to establish contacts with other Muslim rulers of that period.
Tipu Sultan was master of his own diplomacy with foreign nations, in his quest to rid India of the East India Company and to ensure the international strength of France. Like his father before him he fought battles on behalf of foreign nations which were not in the best interests of Shah Alam II. After the Fall of Seringapatam in , the blind emperor did remorse for Tipu, but maintained his confidence in the Nizam of Hyderabad , whom had now made peace with the British.
Tipu Sultan requested the Ottoman Sultan to send him troops and military experts. Furthermore, Tipu Sultan also requested permission from the Ottomans to contribute to the maintenance of the Islamic shrines in Mecca , Medina , Najaf and Karbala. However, the Ottomans were themselves in crisis and still recuperating from the devastating Austro-Ottoman War and a new conflict with the Russian Empire had begun, for which Ottoman Turkey needed British alliance to keep off the Russians, hence it could not risk being hostile to the British in the Indian theatre.
Due to the Ottoman inability to organise a fleet in the Indian Ocean, Tipu Sultan's ambassadors returned home only with gifts from their Ottoman foes. Both Hyder Ali and Tipu sought an alliance with the French, the only European power still strong enough to challenge the British East India Company in the subcontinent. This treaty enabled Bussy to move his troops to the Isle de France now Mauritius. Napoleon conquered Egypt in an attempt to link with Tipu Sultan. The idea of a possible Tipu-Napoleon alliance alarmed the British Governor, General Sir Richard Wellesley also known as Lord Wellesley , so much that he immediately started large scale preparations for a final battle against Tipu Sultan.
Editor of Mysore Gazettes spondence between his court and temples, and his having donated jewellery and deeded land grants to several temples, which he was compelled to do to make alliances with Hindu rulers. Between and Tipu Sultan issued 34 "Sanads" deeds of endowment to temples in his domain, while also presenting many of them with gifts of silver and gold plate.
The Srikanteswara Temple in Nanjangud still possesses a jeweled cup presented by the Sultan. This temple was hardly a stone's throw from his palace from where he would listen with equal respect to the ringing of temple bells and the muezzin 's call from the mosque; to the Lakshmikanta Temple at Kalale he gifted four cups, a plate and Spitoon in silver. They killed and wounded many people, including Brahmins, plundered the monastery of all its valuable possessions, and desecrated the temple by displacing the image of goddess Sarada.
The incumbent Shankaracharya petitioned Tipu Sultan for help.
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