Why do Indians consider Kushan empire as part of Indian history?

By Sunil Kumar

Kanishka is the man most discussed when it comes to the Kushan empire in present-day books. The Yuezhi may have been an Europoid people, ancient Chinese sources do describe the existence of “white people with long hair” (the Bai people of the Shan Hai Jing) beyond their northwestern border.

Map of the Kushan empire

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While the main capital of Kanishka’s empire was located at Puruṣapura(modern-day Peshawar) in Gandhara, with two other major capitals at Kapisa and Mathura. Indian heritage was spread by Kanishka along the Silk Road; and the idea of India was still a fluid concept; but firmly entrenched across the subcontinent; from present-day Bengal to what is now Afghanistan(Gandhara).

When a large portion of his empire included what is presently north India and Pakistan; it would be a travesty to call him anything else but part of Indian history. After all; he had no significant impact on Han China; Persia, Rome etc; the other notable stakeholders in ancient world history of the time. So; he is certainly a part of the Indian historical narrative.

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