|Did not the scriptures enjoin the
Kings to undertake Digvijaya Yatra? Wherefore the skills of warfare acquired, then? Who
could put down the wicked and uphold 'dharma'? What for is the soldiering
insisted upon? And glorified? Why should the timid be despised and valiant adored? Questions of this
type again and again assailed him all-round and upset his well formed
or ill formed decisions, non-stop. He grew restless.
He summoned forthwith his
valorous warriors and segacious ministers for solution. He tabled the
motion and initiated the discussion. Every voice was given a chance
- opinions were sought for; consultations, went on; strength, estimated; pros and
cons, considered; the time of action, discussed; mode of attack, chalked
out and strategy, planned. All ended declaration of war against
The poor, Iuckless helpless,
spineless Kalinga thus became a target of his wrath and attack. What
a pity! How miserable were the Kalingas!! What doom awaits that unfortunate Kingdom!!!
Soon the war drums were sounded,
weapons sharpened, army inspired, leaders roared and chariots fitted
out. And the whole army started moving towards Kalinga.
It looked like a great city on wheels!