The last decade or so of the eighteenth Century India was full of turbulence, frauds and crimes.
The last decade or so of the eighteenth Century India was full of turbulence, frauds and crimes. The political stage of supremacy had risen to climax. The race for supremacy in the Indian Market had begin fully and was later to result in complete British supremacy not only in Market but also they were destined to rule the country for a century.
The chief hurdle in the British cause was the French ambition to acquire as many colonies as possible to sell their commodities. The industrial revolution in Europe was having its effects and repercussions in Asia, specially India.
As is normal in war and love, the French, having been successively beaten in many a battles with British in India, adopted other methods. One of these was harbouring friendship with the strong anti British Sultan (King) Tipu Sultan of Mysore State. Tipu was a great soldier, valiant King and a loving personality, had nothing against the British traders and in fact had been granting them concessions. But so great was the anti British brain washing by the French, that he saw in British supremacy, a threat to India's independence which already was dwindling, thanks to the crippled Moughil empire. The first war with the Britishers was a equal affair, and resulted in a truce.
A second war was in the offing. French engineers, assured Tipu of his victory and built him a dungeon to torture British soldiers who were sure to be captured. In the second war with Tipu, 24 British soldiers and officers were taken captives in 1782 and were put in the dungeon built by the French engineer in 1780. 13 of them died and the first to die was Col. William Bailey.
British commanders, fed up of fifth columnist activities of the French, set upon the pay them in the same coins. Tipus Chief Minister Dewan Purnea was bribed and one night he opened the doors of the fort at a appointed time and the armies entered and the result was complete British victory. Tipu was found killed nearby. Nevertheless the British Generals had love for Tipu's bravery and built a monument where his body was found. Even till today interesting monuments and data is found in his fort where history tells its story of the fight between two great giants but tortured by fifth columnism.