So I’m researching for my trip to India, and one of the places I really want to see are the remains of Vijayanagar, a highly advanced kingdom in Southern India.
The other thing which really struck me, compliments of none other than Shah Rukh Khan, and Kareena Kapoor, was the reign of Asoka the King, and his grandfather, Chandragupta. I was amazed to hear that firstly Chandragupta had connections with Alexabder the Great during his attempted conquest of India. After Alexander was defeated, much of the territories he once controlled fell into the hands of Chandragupta.
During Asoka’s reign, the domination of the Maurya dynasty continued and Asoka was able to realise the goal of his grandfather by creating the largest empire of the time. As a result of this, however, Asoka also found out the nature of war, and turned to Bhuddism. His next battle was to spread the meassage of Bhudda and in doing so establised pillars on common trade routes, with an emblem of three lions. Today this is a symbol of modern day India. His emissiaries traveled all across India, and to present day Sri Lanka, as well as to Europe.
India has such a rich and diverse history, that is quite untapped. I think often these histories are by passed as not being sexy enough. You have the Romans, the Greeks, the Pharoes, etc, and theres a touch of magic and mystery. The same is not associated with India, or its history. In any case it exists, and is in the same league as the histories of other parts of the world.