Editor, Indian Express, Madras.
Though Emperor Asoka was one of the greatest sons of India, few
popular books have been written about him. There is a considerable
literature concerning him, but it has all been written by scholars.
These savants have produced much valuable work, analyzing his
inscriptions, studying the monuments he erected, evaluating the
legends that have grown around him. But there is little in all this
for the average reader.
I commend Mr. Krishnamurthi's book. It possesses an essential
quality, enthusiasm. The author, as is right and justified, holds a
high opinion of the emperor, and he is not behind hand in expressing
enthusiasm alone is not enough in a work of this nature. The author
needs knowledge, judgement, and perspicacity. Mr.Krishnamurthi
exhibits all these, and the result is a very satisfying book.