Did Aristotle have any role in Alexander’s conquests, like Chanakya in Chandragupta?


By Sunil Kumar Aristotle and Chanakya have a few similarities, but many differences. Unlike Kautilya a political and pragmatic strategist, who was instrumental in Chandragupta Maurya’s dethroning of the Nanda dynasty and laying the foundation of one of the ancient …

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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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Did Helena actually conspire with her father to destroy Bindusara?


By Sunil Kumar Television history is usually a soap-opera; mostly far from reality; spiced up to feed the audience with intriguing storylines; and keep them engaged. Now; the real story is sometimes even stranger than fiction. According to the academic …

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The Idea Of India


By Sunil Kumar Another Republic Day in a new year; 2016. A ceremonial display of military and cultural might to entertain the citizens of the republic. Does this herald a change; or will the wayward winds of destiny take us …

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