Which among the following is / are correct statements regarding Tipu Sultan?
1. He was only Indian ruler in those days who was self sufficient in arms
2. He not only fought with British but also with the Marathas
3. He allied with the French East India Company
4. He paid special attention to economic development of his state
Choose the correct option from the codes given below:

Answer: [C] Only 1, 2, 3 & 4

In this question, only second statement is incorrect. According to some historians, Tipu was the first Indian sovereign to seek to apply western methods to his administration and he took great interest in economic development, which is proved by the fact that he promoted cultivation of cash crops, abolished custom of giving jagirs in lieu of salary, promoted trade and commerce and established some factories. These factories manufactured scissors, knives, guns, muskets, powder, paper, watches, cutlery, etc.

Tipu is also known as Indian rulers of his times who was self sufficient in arms. He also sent his embassy to many countries, like Burma, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, France, etc. He celebrated the French revolution, planted liberty tree at his capital and became member of Jacobin Club, a famous radical group.

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