A sul­tan's silken dreams

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Tipu Sul­tan, the Tiger of Mysore, was a vi­sion­ary ruler whose eco­nomic poli­cies had far-reach­ing ef­fects on the lives of his sub­jects. He laid the foun­da­tions of Kar­nataka's silk in­dus­try by im­port­ing silk­worms from China via Ben­gal. A cen­tury later, in­dus­tri­al­ist J N Tata, aided by Mysore's for­mer Wode­yar rulers, re­vived the dor­mant silk in­dus­try and made it fa­mous in In­dia and across the world.

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