10 points from Asoka’s rock edicts

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Ashoka ruled the largest Empire in the Indian subcontinent, even greater the size of the present India. It is truly amazing to think that a single man ruled this enormous piece of land. Emperor Ashoka lived, ruled and died, and with time the people of India forgot this magnificent monarch of whom it is difficult to find a parallel. However his vision of an Empire lived on, and stood like a monument which could sustain the erosion of time. The inscriptions that Emperor Ashoka carved on stone across different places in his gigantic Empire is not just the constitution of the Nation he ruled, but unlike many of his contemporaries and who followed him, laid down the principles of conduct and morality to his subject, an Emperor cum Philosopher is not-too-often blend in history. We can compare him Gandhi, or with the Biblical King Solomon, but he is different, he was out of his time, and his messages along with his legend has stood the test of time. Monarchy has been displaced by and large, and everything related with it has been thrown out of the window, but through the skylight the light of wisdom of a unique monarch still hold so relevant, and it is because of his timeless messages. It is because of its relevance that I present you the translations of the rock edicts of Ashoka. read more

Sumit Soren is the founder of Livelystories. Basically an Agricultural Engineer, Sumit has interest in varied topics. He regularly writes on tribal history, internet and science related topics.

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The Third Battle of Panipat

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The Third battle of Panipat was fought on 14th January 1761, between the Afghan commander Ahmed Shah Abdaliand the Maratha general Sadashiv Rao Bhau, cousin  of the Maratha Peshwa  BalajiBaji Rao . After the death of Aurangazeb the last of the formidable of the Mughal Emperors the later Mughals failed to keep glory and the mighty Empire finally started to disintegrate. The Marathas soon gained an important place in Indian history and became an enormous power. A much cherished dream waiting to be realized lay before them- the overrunning of the Mughal Empire. But in Afghanistan a similar dream was cherished for a long time by the master general Ahmad Shah Abdali, who once had been the trump-card of Nadir Shah.  And who after his master’s assassination became the premier of the Durrani Empire. read more

Sumit Soren is the founder of Livelystories. Basically an Agricultural Engineer, Sumit has interest in varied topics. He regularly writes on tribal history, internet and science related topics.

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James Prinsep Illustrated Benares

Dusaswumedh Ghat. Benares.

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Prinsep (1799-1840), an antiquary and colonial administrator was assay master at the Benares Mint between 1820-30. The lithographs published in this collection (Benares Illustrated) were based on his original sketches of the various views of the ‘holy’ city of the Hindus. Of this view he writes: ‘ Conjunctions of the planets, eclipses and Sankrant, or the Sun’s entrance into the zodiacal signs, are accounted the most auspicious moments for bathing in the Ganges…For two or three days previous to such an event, pilgrims and travelling parties…assemble in groups upon the terraces and balconies of the temples and houses near the river. Every vacant spot is put in requisition and hired out by the square foot…the scene bears more the character of a fair (mela)…At the eclipse of the 25th Nov. the crowd was unusually great, and no less than forty lives were lost in the press of bathers at the first glimpse of the moon’s obscured visage. Most of the figures in the view were drawn and finished on the spot…The smoke on the left hand points out the spot on which the dead are burned, a place dedicated to Vishnoo…In the crowd are seen a couple of Missionaries distributing tracts with zeal as ardent, and perhaps as unavailing as that of the poor Suttees themselves.’ read more

Sumit Soren is the founder of Livelystories. Basically an Agricultural Engineer, Sumit has interest in varied topics. He regularly writes on tribal history, internet and science related topics.

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