The Sword of Tipu Sultan

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Item Code: NAH013
Author: Bhagwan S. Gidwani
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9788129114754
Pages: 497
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 500 gm
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This historical tells the story of Tipu Sultan the man, the lover, the soldier, the prince, and the king. It speaks of those who loved and betrayed him; of charming ladies and brilliant men around him; of his greatness and of the crafty stupidity of his contemporaries; of the wit and folly of his times; and of the struggle of men and ideas when faced with the march of history. Based on extensive research and original sources, The Sword of Tipu Sultan is an original contribution to historical literature which gives insights into the character of its hero, and the period in which he lived.

Tipu, maligned by historians as a cruel and bigoted ruler, emerges here as a humane, enlightened ruler who believed that God is not confined to any one religion and that all religions therefore deserve equal respect. He was opposed to colonialism; welcomed the American Declaration of Independence and applauded the spirit of the French Revolution. The author establishes him as the first among modern Indian nationalists who knew also that India was weakened no by outside powers but by sickness, decadence, and disunity within.

The novel vividly portrays the drama of Tipu’s times and recaptures the amazing spirit of the man who in the midst of disaster lost neither his dignity nor his love nor his faith in the values he cherished. He chose to court death when he could have saved himself, for he firmly believed that his sacrifice would serve as an example for the future generations of India.

About The Author

Bhagwan S. Gidwani was born in 1923 in Karachi (Sindh), and remained there until Partition merged his province with Pakistan. Gidwani specialized in technical, economic, and legal fields of civil aviation. He was counsel for India at the International Court of Justice (World Court) at The Hague; and negotiated India’s air transport agreements with foreign governments. He has variously served as India’s additional director general of tourism; representative of India on ICAO Council, Montreal, (1979-81), and director of Legal Bureau of ICAO (United Nations), Montreal from 1981-85.

The Sword of Tipu Sultan has been reprinted in forty four editions and has sold more than 2,50,000 copies. He also wrote the script, screenplay and dialogues for the television serial based on the book, which ran for many years and was also telecast in Europe, U.K., U.S.A. and West Asian countries.

Gidwani has authored Omar I –a poetic rejoinder to Omar Khayyam, which discovers fresh and vibrant insights in Omar’s poetry and mysticism; his other book, Return of the Aryans received much critical acclaim.

Based in Montreal, Canada, Prof Bhagwan S. Gidwani continues to participate in international projects to promote safety of air transport and tourism. Largely though, he concentrates on historical writing and research.


Part I: The Messengers
1The Night of the Double Retreat3
2The Ruler is Dead25
3A Traitor is Born32
4Born in Battle44
5They Also Mourned46
6They Were Thirteen50
Part II: Mother, Mother! Father, Father!
7My Lady of the Flowers55
8The Pilgrimage60
9The Promise62
10Rejoice, a Son is Born65
11Come, Take Over a Kingdom67
Part III: The Prince
12Forty Days77
13Sixty Days81
14Three Years85
15The Fourth Years86
16Brother Karim90
17The Commandant of Dindigul92
18Two Are Enough94
19The Pandit and the Maulvi98
20The Ladder of Fortune102
21The Stars of Our Sons108
22Tales and Stories110
23Let the Birds Live112
25God, You Rejected My Offering125
26Parting of the Ways
Part IV: Dreams And Memories129
27We shall Endure139
28The Traitors143
29The Doubt144
30Tiger, Tiger!159
31Ruqayya, My Darling Wife!171
32The Sultan Remembers190
33A Soul in Torment203
34Do Not Let Your Dreams Die
Part V: Inheritance
35The Crown211
36Did They burn Jesus Christ?213
37The Anantpur Massacre215
38Who is the Killer?220
39The Three Suppliants226
40The Doomed Peace232
41The Surrender at Yorktown240
42Rights of Man246
43The Maulvi from Muscat264
44Four Years of One Man269
45Four Years of Another Man273
46The Hour Strikes300
47Our Faithfully Ally305
48The Shadow of an Axe306
49The Governor-General from France310
50Stand up and be Counted313
51The Grand Army316
52Two Years of War324
53Thus Died a Horse334
54Farewell, Ruqayya336
55Where Are My People?339
56Preparations for Peace351
57Let My Sons Go361
58Who is Your Enemy?366
59A Sweetmeat After a Meal368
60Torch for Tomorrow370
61Ambition of His Masters379
62Monarchy and the Masses381
63Is My Strength My Weakness?384
64The Price of Laughter387
65Until Further Notice390
66Letter from Napoleon392
67None shall Forgive398
68A Scream of Anguish402
69Did Bansi Lal Desert?410
70The Duke of Wellington413
71Enemy Within Our Gates415
72How Did They Come This Far?419
73We Are Assassinated426
74The Destiny of Our Land431
75Profile of a Traitor?436
76The Last Day444
77The Last Hour466
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