How did Ashoka’s conversion impact others beyond India?

By Sunil Kumar Ashoka is one of the most revered figures in Indian history; but everything is not always black and white. As per many historians including Sanjeev Sanyal; Ashoka was not as noble as he is made out to …

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Who gave Ashoka the teachings of the Buddhist religion?

By Sunil Kumar s one of India’s most famous emperors; Ashoka’s life story has been a constant source of debate and discussion. According to 11th century royal historian Kalhana; Ashoka was a devout Hindu till his conversion to Buddhism; and …

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Did King Ashoka fight wars after converting to Buddhism?

By Sunil Kumar This question is interesting but open to speculation. According to books I’ve read recently; the whole story of Ashoka becoming a pacifist after converting to Buddhism is open to debate. According to some historians; Ashoka’s conversion to …

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In what ways was Ashoka the great inspired by Buddhism and the Arthashastra?


By Sunil Kumar Ashoka formed a strong empire and like other kings and emperors of the time intrinsically believed in the intrinsic powers of royalty. His religious world-view was tempered by Buddhism to the extent that he is supposed to …

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Are Indian textbooks teaching true history?


By Sunil Kumar(My Quora answers continued) Well; my answer to this question is subjective; based on my personal opinion, like most of Quora on a daily basis. We have to fundamentally examine what we mean by history. Is it the …

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India, China And Tibet


By Sunil Kumar Global geo-politics is the law of the jungle. And in this rather competitive world; the idea of Tibet is a strange phenomenon; merged into the surreal consciousness of this universe. Since I’m proud and sometimes sad to …

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