September 9, 1939 CE – U Ottama Dies in Burma Protesting British Colonization

September 9, 1939 CE – U Ottama Dies in Burma Protesting British ColonizationRate this post Shwe Zedi Kyaung, U Ottama’s monastery in the city of Sittwe, Rakhine State, in Burma/Myanmar. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Almost a decade before Mohandas Gandhi would become world-recognized as the face of a reformer hoping to bring about change through nonviolent means, a Buddhist monk unhappy with British rule died in prison on September 9, 1939 — and inadvertently became the first martyr in the movement for an independent Burma. When the nation threw off the yoke of colonial government in January 1948, U Ottama was elevated to the status of national hero. Born in […]