Real Photo of Tipu Sultan Found in London
Awesome Real Image of the Mysore Tiger.
A picture doing rounds on social media and image sharing websites purports to show the Real Photo of Tipu Sultan Found in London. Tipu Sultan is the popular 18th century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India, who is called Mysore Tiger. The photograph also appeared in a controversial story about Tipu Sultan explained below. Nonetheless, the dark bearded man in turban is not any Real Photo of Tipu Sultan.
Not Real Photo of Tipu Sultan
The Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan died in 1799 fighting British forces, defending his capital. At the time, there’s no modern photograph technology. The earliest known surviving photograph made in a camera appeared decades later in 1826/1827. Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took ‘the first photograph’ in France. As a matter of fact, the man in black and white photograph is actually Muhammed el Murjebi (1832 – 1905), who was also called Tippu Tip, or Tippu Tib. He was a slave and ivory trader in Zanzibar, who later became Governor of the Stanley Falls District in the Congo Free State. Probably because of the similar name ‘Tippu,’ someone might have mistaken/misinterpreted him as Tipu Sultan.
Tipu Sultan Controversy
As mentioned above, there’s also a controversial story online saying the dark bearded man in turban is the real photo of Tipu Sultan. It says Congress Government replaced the original cruel picture of Tipu Sultan with gentle one printed in Indian school text books. Sometimes there’s this debate whether Tipu Sultan was a tyrant or a freedom fighter. The famous Tipu Sultan’s sword also has an inscription exhorting violence against unbelievers.
Back to the story again, the message showing the real photo of Tipu Sultan found in London is a hoax. The bearded man in turban is not the Mysore ruler in past but a slave and ivory trader in Zanzibar.
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