Friday, October 17, 2014

General Maha Bandula

Maran Bandoo La (Maha Bandula?) 
General Maha Bandula (Burmeseမဟာဗန္ဓုလ [məhà bàɴdṵla̰]; 6 November 1782 – 1 April 1825) was commander-in-chief of the Royal Burmese Armed Forces from 1821 until his death in 1825 in the First Anglo-Burmese War. Bandula was a key figure in the Konbaung dynasty's policy of expansionism in Manipur and Assam that ultimately resulted in the war and the beginning of the downfall of the dynasty. Nonetheless, the general, who died in action, is celebrated as a national hero by the Burmese for his resistance to the British. Today, some of the most prominent places in the country are named after him.