A warrior par excellence, Tipu Sultan was a nightmare to the expansionist British East India Company. He was nicknamed 'the Tiger of Mysore'. His legendary sword has a solid gold hilt, and a wootz steel blade which could bend extraordinarily. The blade had tiger stripes built into the matrix of the material.
Tipu Sultan imposed a novel punishment upon petty criminals- they had to plant and look after trees till they grew to a stipulated height. His 230 year old palace in Bangalore is situated on a tree lined street.
He introduced many varieties of fruits and vegetables brought from foreign lands, and encouraged farmers to grow them. The tradition continues, and we enjoy fresh veggies every day now.
You can read more about Tipu Sultan in an interesting article by S.Tahsin Ahmed here.
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