According to H.G. Wells: "In the history of the world there have been thousands of kings and emperors who call themselves "their Highnesses," "their majesties", and "their exalted majesties" and so on. They shone for a brief moment, and as quickly disappeared. But Ashoka shines and shines brightly like a bright star, even unto this day." What made Ashoka The Great ????
If u ask about Ashoka the Great in Japan, nobody will know anything and normal Japanese will claim that only brave Samurai's like Mushashi Miyamoto are true world greats since they survived. The Normans would say the same thing about the Duke of Normandy who captured England, and Italians would say the same about Julius Cesar. Mongols would say the same about Genghis Khan. Greeks would say the same about Alexander the Great. The Iranians also would swear by Xerxes and Darius.
Hate to break it to u chief, but Ashoka's fame and popularity is limited in India only. He is a great, but not a global great in a contemporary sense as is Alexander or Julius Cesar.
Why don't u go and post this EXACT same question in a British , Japanese, French, Greek or Italian forum and see if ppl agree w/ u?
I am full of admiration for Ashoka The Great, but fact is he is a Indian legend not global contemporarily. Kings such as Geng ...more