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  • Marthanda Varma followed a policy of ‘blood and iron’, the basic aim of which was to crush the feudal elements and make royal authority supreme in the kingdom.

    Marthanda Varma gave his first attention to the task of re-organisation of the administrative system.

    Sons of previous Raja revolted against him with the help of Madurai Nayak
    Pillamar, Tampis and Yogakkar help them.
    Tampis and Pillamar were executed later.

  • This policy implied being ruthless to the enemies, use of sword, harshness and strictness and shedding blood. 
    Basic aim:to crush the feudal elements and make royal authority supreme in the kingdom
    Achieved by :help from English east india company and nayaks of madurai
    Result:trancore a powerful military state

    • Marthandavarma was the ruler of travancore from 1728 AD to 1758 AD. He was a capable administrator and an able general. When he came in to power the travancore was in chaos. Many feudal elements controlled the land. Ettuveettil pillai were the first threat to him. He killed them and secure his position. He annexed kayamkulam and kottarakkara. He defeated the dutch in 1741 at colachel. Thus he paved a way to a strong travancore under his reign. So he is called a ruler of blood and iron policy

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