The address of the President of India Ram Nath Kovind to the legislators in the Karnataka assembly has led to the embarrassment of those having started a vilification campaign against Tipu Sultan as the President endorsed the 18th century Mysore ruler saying he died a historic death fighting the British. The President’s words on Tipu Sultan come just few days after Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde, a BJP leader, had called Tipu a “brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist”, ahead of the state’s Tipu Jayanti celebrations, to mark the erstwhile ruler’s birth anniversary. Many political figures from the right-wing party including Hegde have chosen to not attend the event and have even warned authorities not to invite them. Now, the President’s hail that Tipu Sultan died a historic death fighting the British and terming him a pioneer in the development of Mysore rockets may not go well with many and could even receive backlash from some quarters but the fact is that facts cannot be changed. The former Mysore ruler’s contribution to nation cannot be overlooked or dismissed by the fanaticism of few. The President despite belonging to the party that is against the honouring of the ‘Tiger of Mysore’ has set an example of impartiality and has added to the honour of the position he holds. This is the beauty of democracy that gives a place to debate and dissent in a very cordial manner; where people’s will, aspirations and hopes, irrespective of political belief, caste and religion, gender or language are taken on board.