Asoka: Ruthless Conqueror or Enlightened Ruler
“The faiths of others all deserve to be honored for one reason or another. By honoring them, one exalts one’s own faith and at the same time performs a service to the faith of others,” (Doc.C.) This was a quote from King Asoka who ruled the Mauryan Empire from 268 BCE to 232 BCE. Asoka was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya and is considered at the founding father of India. Asoka was a strong warrior and great ruler who conquered a lot of valuable Kalingan territory. He underwent a spiritual transformation and became a Bhuddist while still honoring Hindu traditions. He sent missionaries to faraway lands and carved edicts on numerous stone pillars, boulders, and walls.