are rare. Emperor - warriors are rarer still. Emperor - preachers
are the rarest ever. Asoka takes pride of place among such rarities.
He is an emperor, warrior and Preacher-all rolled into one.
an emperor he has few equals on the world stage; as a conqueror of
hearts than lands, none stands above him; and lastly as an
emperor-philosopher none dares competing with him. He towers over
any in the past or present; and east or west. He is comparable with
the world famous figures, like Khalif Omar and Constantine, in some
respects only. But, he is favorably comparable with the incomparable
Rajarishi 'Janaka' of Mithila of oriental fame, or Marcus Aurelius
of occidental reputation. Closer examination reveals that his so
called equals trial behind him, miles after in fact; for, they
neither possessed his zeal, nor were they credited with personal
is, therefore. unique, as a sovereign-conqueror-preacher. Scholars
and critics showered on him fragrant flowers of praises, that in
fact, raised his stature to an enviable position. They appear
dumbfounded at his gigantic stature and Titantic strength. As they
go deep, they find him slowly and steadily rising into the sky till
he becomes the brightest star in the galaxy of rulers in the
is by far the greatest, mightiest, noblest and brightest monarch
that the written records place before us. Indeed, we run short of
superlatives in our estimation of his matchless personality.