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

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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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Why does Greek mythology focus more on being a hero; while Indian mythology on a leader?

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By Sunil Kumar I think the difference is in the cultural framework; and looking at things. Greece is a Western society; more individualistic, cut-throat and relies more on personal bravery and aggrandizement. So you have people like Theseus, Hercules, Perseus, …

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How did Ramayana and Mahabharata influence the art and culture of India?

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By Sunil Kumar The Ramayana and Mahabharata are synonymous with the art and culture of India. They have had a greater impact on the Indian mindscape as billions of people have been affected and many have lived their lives based …

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Why is Ayodhya often called Koshala and Mithila often Videha?

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By Sunil Kumar Kosala(Koshala) is the area synonymous with the present-day Awadh region(close to Lucknow). The Kosala region had three major cities, Ayodhya, Saket and Shravasti, and a number of minor towns as Setavya, Ukattha,Dandakappa, Nalakapana and Pankadha. According to …

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Mythology And Storytelling

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By Sunil Kumar A point raised by somebody recently got me thinking; “Do all stories in Indian soaps have their basis in the rich mythology of the country?” In the increasingly glam world of soaps that intrude into the nation’s …

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