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His Majesty Raja Devasish Roy

HM Raja Devasish Roy and HM Rani Yan Yan

His Majesty Raja Devasish Roy is the 51st Chakma Raja. He was born in Chittagong on April 10 1959. He is the son of HM Raja Tridiv Roy and HM Rani Arati Roy.

Raja Babu is known by the nickname “Godu” because when he was born, the “Goda” or “Dam” was under construction..

The Kaptai Hydroelectric Project’s construction had almost been completed during his birth and the first “Godavari” shortened to “Godu” and eventually stuck!

From 1956 to 1964, HM Raja Tridiv Roy and his extended family as well as 100,000 Chakmas left their homes, lands, and memories behind to resettle in areas with a higher altitude.

Compensation promised by the Pakistan Government was never received.

He grew up in the “Rajbari” in new Rangamati that was originally built for official purposes. When he was just a school-going boy of only 12, the Liberation War for Bangladesh broke out and his father had opted to stay loyal to Pakistan.

In December of 1971 HM Tridiv left for Bangkok to gain international favour on the side of Pakistan, without the knowledge that he would never be able to return to his beloved homeland.

HM Devasish studied in the Government High School for Boys in Rangamati as well as Saint Placid’s School in Chittagong. He enrolled in Rangamati College after passing his Matriculation exams and gained his Intermediate certificate as well as Bachelor of Arts Degree from there.

After graduation he flew to England. While there, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law from the University of Kent and passed the Bar exam at Lincoln’s Inn.

After he returned to Bangladesh, he joined the Dhaka Bar Council and started practicing as an Advocate of the High Court branch of Bangladesh Supreme Court.

In 1989 he married HM Rani Tatu Roy but soon moved to Buenos Aires in Argentina due to risk of assassination by the Ershad regime in Bangladesh.

In February 11 1990, his son HH Kumar Tribhuvan Aryadev Roy was born in the British Hospital of Buenos Aires.

When 1991 arrived HM Devasish/Godu flew to Melbourne, Australia for a Diploma in International Law. Later that year he flew with his wife and son back to Bangladesh.

Democracy had been established and Khaleda Zia’s BNP had won the elections to form the government.

HM Devasish started working as a legal consultant. His fields of expertise were Indigenous Rights, Human Rights, English Law, and International Law.

In October 16 1994 his daughter HH Rajkumari Aradhana Ayetri Sreshtha Roy was born in Monowara Hospital in Dhaka.

HM Rani Tatu Roy tragically passed away in November 15 1998 due to Hepatisis C type jaundice which had caused liver failure.

He only remarried 15 years later in May 2014. His new and current wife is HM Yan Yan.

Throughout his career, he has been involved with many different international, non-governmental and governmental organisations.

He was a Special Assistant to Chief Adviser during the Caretaker Government from 2006-2009 with the rank and status of State Minister holding the portfolios of the Ministries of Chittagong Hill Tracts & Environment and Forests.

He was and still is the elected Member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from Asia, which is an elected panel of experts on Indigenous Peoples’ issues which reports directly to ECOSOC of the UNO.

HM Devasish is also an avid musician and has composed beautiful tunes such as “Juni” and “Sazonye Tara Bo”. He also released a “Rabindra Sangeet” instrumental album with solo harmonica performance.

HM Devasish lives with his wife in Dhaka and Rangamati alternatively and frequently travels between the two cities as well as outside the country to attend International Conferences on Indigenous Issues, Human Rights, Environment, among others.

His son HH Aryadev Roy and daughter HH Ayetri Roy are both enrolled in Bachelor of Arts programs in North American universities.

HH Aryadev aka Arjo was installed as Crown Prince in 2003 when he was 13 years old during the Raj Punnyah festival held in Rangamati, which also celebrated HM Devasish’s Silver Jubilee or 25 years on the throne.

Raj Punnyah was held again in 2009 with the same 3-day festival and an attendance in the tens of thousands with dignitaries from around the country as well as from abroad.

In a tragic accident, the Chakma Rajbari was completely burnt to ashes in December 2010 when all family members were out of town.

HM Devasish currently lives in a temporary Rajbari while reconstruction of a new one has begun on the site of the old one.

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