My name is Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay and I am glad to present my latest book Ashoka the Ungreat for your reading pleasure.
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A great king. Master strategist. A legend. The inheritor of the greatest kingdom in Indian-subcontinent. One war, the bloody Kalinga War, however changes him forever. He makes a clean break with the past. Ashoka gives up Hinduism. He gives up war. He embraces Buddhism. He becomes a humanist. A messenger of peace and religious tolerance. This is what we are taught in schools and colleges.
We worship Rama. We venerate Krishna. Our country is named after King Bharat. We recall Mandhatri when we talk of the old. We talk of Yudhistira’s truthfulness. Bhima’s strength. Arjuna’s valor. Vikramaditya, Chandragupta, Raja Bhoja, Prithviraj Chauhan, Shivaji, Maharana Pratap, Guru Gobind Singh. They are our heroes. They are a part of our daily lives. Ashoka is not.
We never talk about Ashoka conversationally.
Our ancestors never talked about Ashoka. Ashoka was forgotten and unknown in India till the 19th century when the British popularized him. Later Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, eminent historians of Delhi, Shah Rukh Khan of Bollywood and others made him even more popular.
What Ashoka the Ungreat is About
In this book I have delved into this Ashoka-industry and its massive propaganda. I have attempted to undertake a critical, unbiased and apolitical re-reading of Ashokan rock edicts, Buddhist sources like Ashokavadana and Mahavamsa and findings from latest cutting-edge research in Ashoka and Buddhist studies.
I have presented a radically different picture by joining the dots and taking all the available evidence to its logical conclusion.
It becomes evident that far from being an epitome of rationality and secularism, Emperor Ashoka was a ruthless tyrant and a religious fanatic, and much of what we know about him are mere fabrications.
This book is about the life and times of Ashoka the Ungreat.
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I am an Independent Management Consultant associated with the Education and Agriculture Sector. I have a keen interest in Indian history from a civilizational perspective, Hindu science and technology and in Tantra Shastra. I have authored two books “Legendary Mughal Kings” and “Ashoka the Ungreat” and am based out of Kolkata.