Fact Check: No! This Picture Is Not Of Tipu Sultan; Viral Claim Is Fake

A picture post has gone viral on social media comparing two images and claiming that one of the two is an original photograph of Tipu Sultan. Widely known as the Sultan of Mysore, Tipu Sultan was born in Devanahalli in 1750. As per the post, the picture of Tipu Sultan published in textbooks is not his real picture.

The caption of 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…!!”

(English Translation: Tipu Sultan was not only ugly and demon-like in appearance, but cruel, ruthless. Remembering his cruelty, the Iyengar Brahmins of Melkot do not celebrate Diwali even today, but for votes, secular rhetoric gives him the status of a great man.)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the picture and found out that the claim is fake.

On putting the picture through Reverse Image Search, we found the picture on stock image website Getty Images. The caption of the picture mentioned that the person is Tippu Tip or Tib (1837-1905) who was a Swahili-Zanzibari Slave Trader from Africa.

“Tippu Tip Or Tib, 1837 To 1905, Real Name 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,” the description read.

We found the same picture on the British Newspaper Archive website dated December 07, 1889. The caption of the picture read, “Tippoo Tip, the Arab chief of the Manyewa, Upper Congo.”

Further, we found that Tipu Sultan died in 1799 during the fourth Anglo-Mysore war long before camera came into existence. The picture being used is more of an artistic representation of him rather than a photograph.

The above investigation proves that the picture shows Tippu Tip, a slave trader from Africa and not Tipu Sultan.

Hence, the claim is fake.

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