'In this world I would rather live two days like a tiger, than two hundred years like a sheep.' - Tipu Sultan, taken from Alexander Beatson's A View of the Origin and Conduct of the War with Tippoo Sultan, 1800)
Tipu Sultan, known as the dreaded 'Tiger of Mysore', was a legend during his lifetime and is still regarded as an enlightened ruler in India. During the late eighteenth century he bitterly and effectively opposed British rule in southern India, posing a grave threat to the East India Company. It took almost forty years, and most of the Company's resources, before Mysore was added to the areas of British-ruled India.