Fall of Arakanese Sovereignty Held in Thailand and Bangladesh
Narinjara News 1/1/2007
The 222nd anniversary of the
fall of Arakan's sovereignty was marked with
ceremonies yesterday in Thailand and Bangladesh, with many in the Arakanesediaspora participating.
In Thailand, about 300 people, including Arakanese
and Burmese ethnic nationalities attended the ceremony that was held in Mae
Sod, a border town of Thailand opposite Burma's Myawaddy.
An Arakanese source
said that Khun Mar Koban, a
minister from the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, and U Khaing U Maung, a senior Arakanese politician, attended the ceremony and speech.
U Khaing U Maung spoke to attendees, saying that "history is very
important, and we have had bitter experiences in our history after the Burma king's invasion. We lost our sovereignty in 1784 as
destruction of our unity. So we need our people's unity to carry out our
Khun Mar Koban also delivered a
speech at the ceremony, and said that all people from Burma were in need of unity against Burman chauvinism.
In Bangladesh, the Arakanese community
held a ceremony in Dhaka, the nation's capital. About 40 exiled Arakanese, including students and women attended the
ceremony. U MaungSoe Yin,
a senior Arakanese freedom fighter, was chairman of
the ceremony, while KoSoeLun was master of ceremony.
Several participants delivered speeches
during the ceremony, calling for unity among Arakanese
The ceremony started at and concluded at
Arakan was a sovereign country from 3325 BCE
to 1784 CE. On 31 December, 1784, (7th waxing day of Pratho,
1146 AE), Arakan lost its sovereignty after Burmese King MaungWyine invaded Arakan, and the Arakanese
kingdom disappeared from the world.
According to historical records, Burma's kings ruled Arakan from 1784 until 1824, and the
British ruled from 1824 to 1942. In 1942, Japan invaded Arakan and ruled for three years, from 1942
to 1945. After the British drove out Japanese forces from Burma, the British once again ruled Arakan from 1945 to
1948. Arakan has been under Burmese military rule since the Burma became independent from Britain in 1948. #