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This excerpt from a book demolishes Ashoka’s reputation as pacifist

Sanjeev Sanyal’s interesting new book looks at how the Indian Ocean shaped human history. In the process, he questions a number of long held notions including Emperor Ashoka’s reputation as a pacifist A fragment of the 6th Pillar Edicts of Ashoka (238 BCE), in Brahmi, sandstones. (British Museum/ Wikipedia) Updated on Aug 06, 2016 01:43 PM IST Sanjeev Sanyal | By HT Correspondent Chandragupta abdicated in 298 BC (or 303 BC according to another source) in favour of his son Bindusara who ruled till 273 BC. Bindusara had inherited an empire that was already very large — from Afghanistan to Bengal. He seems to have extended the realm further south till the empire covered all but the southern tip of the peninsula. For the most part, his rule seems to have been peaceful except for a few rebellions. He also seems to have maintained diplomatic and trade links with the kingdoms carved out from Alexander’s empire. In 274 BC, Bindusara suddenly fell ill and died. The crown prince Sushima was away
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