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Dhamma policy of Ashoka

The word Dhamma is associated with the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. Dhamma is the Prakrit form of the Sanskrit word Dharma which means righteousness. Dharma has been variously translated as Eu’sebeia or doctrine of piety as per Greek edict found in Shar-i-Kuna (Kandhar), Qsyt or truth and Data or Law in Aramaic from the pillars found from Shar-i-kuna and Taxila respectively.
From the above meaning of the word, it becomes quite clear that the word Dhamma has nothing to do with Buddhism and was an attempt of the king to convey his message to the subjects in the most appropriate language. By language, we mean the different languages that were used by the King which could be easily understood by the people. For example, in the North-West, languages like Aramaic and Greek was used and similarly Prakrit in Brahmi script was used near the Deccan area.PurposeThe question arises why would a King of Ashoka calibre would try to reach its subjects. Why the King was so eager that he put so much energy a…

LAC from the British Era

The line of Actual Control (LAC) has been the buzz for last couple of weeks with China as usual claiming the territory of a neighbouring country. This is not the fisrt time that China has claimed a territory of a neighbour. Infact, if one unfolds the Chinese history of territorial dispute, the dragon has territory dispute with all its neighbours. But, the most heated of all in present context is the LAC with India. This has led to a major war between the two Asian giants and border skimishes for the last 6 decades. Let us unfold the history that has led to such border volatility.

The historic agreement between China and Colonial India According to the agreement between the Crown of two nations signed in 1890 popularly known as " The Convention of  Calcutta":  "The boundary of Sikkim and Tibet shall be the crest of the mountain range separating the waters flowing into the Sikkim Teesta and its affluents from the waters flowing into the Tibetan Mochu and northwards into oth…

10 destinations to visit in Jammu region

Jammu, popularly known as “City of Temples” is a beautiful city in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The winter capital is located on the bank river Tawi. The generally accounted civilisation history of Jammu as a whole can be traced back to late Harappa period as Manda, the uppermost limit of Harappa civilisation happens to be identified with Akhnoor area in Jammu.The list includes:Jammu city and its vicinityAkhnoor heritageTwins lakes of Surinsar and MansarUdhampur heritage circuitRamnagar and KulwantaReasi, Natural paradiseKud-Patnitop-SanasarSudhmahadev- MantalaiKathuaKishtwarLet us begin the journey1. Jammu city and its vicinityHow to reach: By air: Jammu airport (XIJ)By Rail: Jammu Tawi Railway station (JAT)By Road: NH-44Upon reaching City of Temples, one can get accommodation easily within 5 km radii depending upon his/her arrival by rail, road or air. There are many places especially temples in jammu. Since, it is famous for temples, one can easily visit temples as mos…