Sultan - The Tiger of Mysore
Tipu Sultan, nicknamed
the 'Tiger of Mysore', was a legend during
his own lifetime. Even from childhood the
Tipu joined his father, Hyder Ali, in a number
of military engagements. Tipu took over as
ruler of Mysore after the death of his father
in about 1782.
Tipu Sultan, during the later part of
the eighteenth century, strongly opposed
the British rule in southern India and was
a serious military threat to the East India
Company for forty years, before he was finally
defeated in battle by Cornwallis. To this
day he is highly respected and considered
to have been a just ruler.