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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.
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.