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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2344

Rehabilitation of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha

[b]Rehabilitation of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha [/b]

By K.T.Rajasingham

On the 18th February 1815, Sri Vikrama Rajasingha (1798- 1815), the last serving monarch of Kandy was arrested, and subsequently transported to Vellore, India, where he died on 30th January 1832 at the age of 52. This was the darkest day in the history of the country - a defining moment. On the very day we lost the last independent out-post to the Britishers in a humiliating manner.

A "Black-day" in our history, thereby we learnt of the cut throat competition of the Kingdom’s chieftains competing amongst many others, treasonably curried favor to win over power and authority from the colonial masters, bringing down the independent kingdom conclusively, by which they forced the surrender of our peoples’ destiny into the hands of the foreign invader.

The historical records show how the Kandyan chiefs ignobly licked the boots of the British for their own self advancement. Also shows, how our chiefs became party to the "PR" (Public Relations) exercise, subtly crafted and carried on until the fall of the Kingdom. When the British became the masters of the whole island, it took them another long period of time- till February 4, 1948 to leave the country for ever.

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