a proof for this, I am tempted to quote the fair assessment of H.G.
Wells, a celebrated intellect of the modern times as a specimen for
such similar ones. Wells fulsomely acknowledged and copiously
extolled in glowing terms thus; "Amidst the tens of thousands
of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, their
majesties and graciousness's and serenities and royal highnesses and
the like, the name of ASOKA shines and shines almost alone as a
star" from Volga to Japan, his name is still honoured! Verily,
Asoka has few peers and no superiors in any Tense for that matter.
such a monarch of universal approbation deserves a reverent study by
the young and old alike. His life is a model for all. And for all
ages too. I have, therefore, ventured to present in my humble way to
the reading community, a life-sketch of this immortal ASOKA for
proper appreciation and effective emulation. Sure, emulation of at
least one or two traits of his noble character ensures a harmonious
development of their character.
this modest object in view, I started writing this monograph, which,
I honestly believe, would entertain and enlighten at the same time.
To make it a fascinating reading, I dared taking a flight on the
viewless wings of fancy for sometime. That exhilarating experience
rewarded me with material enough for nearly two chapters. They are
captioned - 'Asoka as a Warrior' and 'Asoka as a Preacher'. They are
characterised by such deep poignancy of remorse, rich strain of sore
melancholy and solemn imagery that they almost wring tears
culminating in the illumination of the readers for spiritual
elevation and moral upgradation.