Hyderabad: A set of two pictures is viral on social media.
Users claim that one of the two is an original photograph of Tipu Sultan. The post said Congress was using wrong picture of Tipu Sultan in textbooks
The post on Facebook reads: "टीपू सुल्तान ना केवल शक्ल से बदसूरत और राक्षस जैसा दिखाई देने वाला इंसान था बल्कि शक्ल की तरह ही क्रूर, निर्दई, भी था। उसकी क्रूरता को याद करते हुए मेलकोट के अयंगर ब्राह्मण आज भी दीवाली नहीं मनाते लेकिन वोटों के लिए सेकुलर भांड उसे महान आदमी का दर्जा देते हैं…!!"
"Tipu Sultan was not only ugly and demon-like in appearance, but cruel, ruthless. Remembering his cruelty, Iyengar Brahmins of Melkot do not celebrate Diwali even today. But for votes, secular rhetoric gives him the status of a great man (sic)," reads the English translation of the message
He is known as the sultan of Mysore. Tipu Sultan was born in Devanahalli in 1750.
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The claim is false.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and the same photo was found in the Stock Photo Website Getty images. According to the description of the photo, "the person is Tippu Tip (1837-1905) real Name is Hamad Bin Muhammad Bin Jumah Bin Rajab Bin Muhammad Bin SaId Al-Murghabi. Swahili-Zanzibari Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Governor Of The Stanley Falls District And Supplier Of The Carriers On Sir Henry Morton Stanley's Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, 1887-1889."
We found 'The Illustrated London News' archive which carried the same image on the front cover of its December 7, 1889, issue. The caption of the image on the front cover reads, 'Tippoo Tip, the Arab chief of the Manyewa, Upper Congo.'
We found that Tipu Sultan died in 1799 during fourth Anglo-Mysore war long before the camera came into existence. The picture being used is more of an artistic representation.
In fact, the world's first photograph was taken in 1826 by a French scientist Joseph Nicephore. Tipu Sultan was already dead by then. Tipu Sultan died in 1799.
Hence, the claim is false. The person in the photo is Tippu Tip and not Tipu Sultan.