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How did Tipu Sultan, currently in the eye of a political storm, get to be known as a great patriot? Perhaps, historians are responsible for reinventing him. Tipu's negative traits were also whitewashed by a favourable representation.
We can thank two bestselling and most influential text books for creating the myth about Tipu being a great patriot, moderniser and do-gooder internationalist who ruled his lands with a firm hand. One was the book for students, written in 1946 by Ramesh Chandra Majumdar, Hemchandra Raychaudhuri, Kalikinkar Datta (An Advanced History of India), the other was the school textbook on history written by Bipan Chandra for the NCERT in 1971 (Modern India).
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