Mahabharata, Bhisma says that he did not like to strike a man who had laid down his arms,
who had fallen, who had taken off his armour, who was asleep, who was running away or who
was of a humble position.
Wars of aggression were not
Its most civilised form was the Aswamedha. The aggressor
sent his royal horse to graze in the territory of another king. If the latter allowed it,
it meant he accepted the overlordship of the first king. If on the contrary he stopped the
horse, or arrested it, war followed.
Modern science and technology have made all these outdated.
Yet, we continue to preserve the spirit of defiance and defence against any aggressor.