Dr. B. Sheikh Ali was a student of Mysore University and retired from there after serving as a Professor of History. He was the Former & Founder Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore & Goa Universities. He was responsible for the emergence of a number of scholars in History from the University of Mysore.
A major share of his research work relates to the period of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. He has successfully debunked the myth that Tipu Sultan was a king with religious zeal and proved that he was a secular patriot. Some of Sheik Ali’s works include “History: Its Theory and Method”, “History of the Western Ganges” (Comprehensive History of Karnataka, Volume 1, 1976), University of Mysore, Mysore. ‘Goa Wins Freedom: Reflections and Reminiscences-1986, Goa University, ‘Tipu Sultan, A great martyr’, and many more. Sheik Ali is also the chief editor for Salar, an Urdu daily.