King Who Loved His Subjects
Having taught a lesson to Rathika and
Bhojaka, Kharavela returned home and turned his attention to the welfare
of his subjects. The capital was near the sea; yet it suffered periodically
from want of drinking water. During the reign of the Nandas, the problem
of drinking water had been solved by means of a canal, named Thanasuliavata.
But that was two hundred and fifty years before; and both time and the
terrible storm that raged for long during Mahamega- vahana's rule had damaged
the canal. It had fallen into disuse. The canal had to be repaired; otherwise
there could be no certainty of supply of drinking water. Therefore much
money was spent torepair the canal. And once again, Kharavela did not collect
any money from the people. The expenditure was met out of his own funds.
To relieve the people of their poverty, he, on the other hand, waived all
the taxes. The precious gems and wealth offered by the vanquished Rathika
and Bhojaka as tributes had filled the state treasury.
If there is to be a king, he must be
one like Kharavela ; We are indeed very fortunate' - so praised the happy
subjects of Kalinga. His fame spread to the neighboring states too.