Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to name the municipal garden after Tipu Sultan. However, Hindu organization opposed the proposal and said that Tipu Sultan forcefully converted Hindus to Islam, demolished several Hindu temples and committed atrocities on women during his rule.
A delegation of the Hindu organization met Mayor Kishori Pednekar and submitted a letter to her and the Chairman of the Markets and Garden Committee. In a letter, the organization opposed the proposal, saying the move will hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community.
“Tipu Sultan was a cruel king who killed Hindus. We are against naming a garden after him because he used to forcefully convert Hindus to Islam. He had demolished several Hindu temples and committed atrocities on women during his rule. The Hindu community will not tolerate this kind of a decision,” said Dr Uday Dhuri, spokesperson of the organization, in the letter.
He further said, “Today, they are naming a garden after Tipu Sultan, tomorrow some monument may be rechristened after some cruel Mughal king who destroyed our country. The decision will hurt the sentiments of Hindus. The garden should be named after our great kings like Shivaji Maharaj who treated all religions equally.”