ROY, 51st and present Chakma Raja since 1971.
born 1959, he was installed as Chakma Raja, after his father opted to
Pakistan in 1971, with his uncle as Regent till 1977; he is a lawyer by
profession and has served as a
Assistant to the Chief Advisor of Bangladesh with the rank and status
State Minister during the 2006-2008 Bangladesh political crisis, he was
in charge of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs and the
Ministry of Forest and Environment; he served in the interim caretaker
government in 2008; as per constitutional norms and practices of the
country, at the end of each term, an interim neutral caretaker
government takes over to oversee free and fair elections to hand-over
power to the next elected politicians; married Rani Tatu Roy, born
1963/1964, died 1998, and has issue.
- Rajkumar Tribhuvan Aryadev Roy, born 1990, declared Crown
- Rajkumari Ayetri Aradhan Roy, born 1994.
|PREDECESSORS and SHORT
Founded in the 11th century. Scholars differ on the origin and history
of Chakma. One popular view
among the Chakma is that their ancestors once lived in Champoknagar,
although opinions differ as to its location. According to oral
history the Chakma left Champoknagar for Arakan in Burma where they
lived for about 100 years. They had to leave Arakan for Bangladesh in
or around the sixteenth century, when Bangladesh was governed by Muslim
rulers, before the arrival of the British. On their arrival in
the Chakma chiefs made a business contract with the Muslim rulers,
promising to pay revenue or tax in cotton. In return they were allowed
to live in the hill region and engage in trade with the larger society.
By the late eighteenth century,
British authorities had established
themselves in the southeastern districts of Bangladesh. The British
formally recognized a definite territory of the Chakma raja (the
paramount chief). In 1776, Sherdoulat Khan became the Chakma raja. He
fought unsuccessfully against the British. Further fighting between the
Chakma and the British took place between 1783 and 1785. In 1787, Raja
Janbux Khan, son of Sherdoulat Khan, made a peace treaty with the
British government, promising to pay the latter 500 maunds of
cotton. The British recognized the office of Chakma raja throughout the
rest of their rule. Different Chakma rajas maintained good relations
with the authorities of central administration and the Chakma
increasingly came in contact with the Bengali people and culture.
Chakma was incorporated into East Pakistan on 15th August 1947. Rulers
- Raja CHAMAN KHAN,
Chakma Raja 1650/1700
- Raja JALOL KHAN,
Chakma Raja 1700/1715
- Raja FATEH KHAN,
Chakma Raja 1715/1737, married and had issue.
- Raja SHERMUST KHAN,
Chakma Raja 1737/1757
- Raja SUKHDEV ROY,
Chakma Raja 1757/1776, married and had issue.
- Raja Sher Dowlat Khan (qv)
- Raja SHERDOULAT KHAN,
Chakma Raja 1776/1782, married and had issue. He
was assasinated in 1782.
- Raja JANBUX KHAN,
Chakma Raja 1782/1800, married and had issue.
- Raja Tabbar Khan (qv)
- Raja Jabbar Khan (qv)
- Raja TABBAR KHAN,
Chakma Raja 1800/1801
- Raja JABBAR KHAN,
Chakma Raja 1801/1812
- Raja DHARAM BUX KHAN,
Chakma Raja 1812/1832, he was confirmed in his
of Raja by the British
Government; married Rani Kalindi (qv), died 1874. He died 1832.
- Shuklal Dewan, appointed Manager in 1832, but was deposed
later the same year.
- Rani Kalindi,
Chakma Rani 1832/1874, a great ruler, she
was considered perhaps the greatest Chakma queen (#1),
married Raja Dharam Bux Khan. She died 1874.
- Raja HARISH CHANDRA Roy
Bahadur, Chakma Raja 1874/1885;
born 1841, he transferred his capital from
Raja Nagar of Rangunia to Rangamati in 1874; he was granted the title
of Roy Bahadur by the
British, having rendered good service in the Lushai Expedition of
1871-72, by supplying coolies, boats, etc.; married and had issue. He
- Raja Bhuvan Mohan Roy (qv)
COURT OF WARDS
- Raja BHUVAN MOHAN ROY,
Raja 1885/1934, born 1876, died
- Raja NALINAKSHA ROY,
Chakma Raja 1934/1952, born 1902,
Benita Roy (née
Sen), Minister of Land
Administration and Land Reforms 1975/1976; Minister of Relief and
Rehabilitation 1976/1978; daughter of Dr. Saral Chandra Sen (see Sen family), and his
wife, Nirmala Devi Sen, and had issue. He died 7th October 1951.
- Rajkumari Amiti Roy, born 11th January 1932, married and
has issue, two sons and two daughters.
- Raja Tridiv Roy (qv)
- Rajkumar Samit Roy, born 24th August 1942/1943, Regent of
Kingdom for his nephew 1971/1977, married and had issue, one son and
two daughters. He died 2008.
- Rajkumari Moitri Roy, born 10th April 1945, married and
has issue, one daughter.
- Rajkumari Rajashree Roy [Rakhi], born 31st August 1949,
1977 at Rangamati, Maharajkumar Shri Jayasinhji Mayurdhwajsinhji Jhala
[Jawahir Dev Sahib] of Dhrangadhra,
and has issue, two daughters.
- Rajkumar Nandit Roy, born 1st September 1951, married and
has issue. (Wangza
House, Rajbari Road, Rangamati)
- Dr. Lumbini Roy
- Vaskar Roy
Excellency Major (Hon.) Raja TRIDIV
Chakma Raja 1952/1971, born 14th May
1933, installed as Chakma Raja on 2nd March 1953; he left Bangladesh
(then East Pakistan) about a month before (November) the Indo-Pakistan
war broke out (3rd December) and Bangladesh became independent on 16th
December 1971; in his absence, his younger brother Rajkumar Samit Roy
was appointed Regent and later on his son Rajkumar Devasish Roy took
over as Raja with his blessings; he served as a Federal Minister in the
Government of Pakistan; he served as Ambassador to
Argentina and several neighbouring countries; he was conferred the
emblems of the Sri Lankan Ranjana National
Award; leader of the All Pakistan Buddhist Association; author
of ‘The Departed Melody’, a book on the history and culture of the
people of the Hill Tracts and the Chakma Rajas; married 1953, Rani
and has issue, three sons and two daughters.
- Rajkumari Chandra Kalindi Roy, born 23rd November 1956,
married John Bernard Henricksen, and has issue, a daughter.
- Raja Devasish Roy (qv)
- Rajkumar Sivasish Roy, born 20th September 1961, married
Monalisa Roy, and has issue, two daughters.
- Rajkumar Indrasish Roy, born 18th July 1963, unmarried.
- Rajkumari Triveni Roy, born 25th February 1966, married
to Pavel Khisa, and has issue, two sons.
- Raja DEVASISH ROY (see above)