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Famous People In Indian History

Famous Faces from Ashoka to Indra Gandhi

Mohandas K. Gandhi or Gandhiji
Born in 1869, Gandhiji was born a Gujarati who is sometimes affectionately called: "The man who took on the British Empire and won, without lifting a fingue". He taught us that no matter who large the struggle non-violence is the only way in which to sucessfully succeed. Gandhi wanted a free and united India, which unfortunately did not happen, due to the partition of India( Pakistan and in 1971 Bangladesh), and India has still to free itself from poverty. But thanks to Gandhi India is a free nation, and continues its peaceful resoultion of 10,000 years of not invading another country.
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"My life is my Message"

Famous Quotes:
"Search for Truth is search for God. Truth is God. God is because Truth is."

"The freedom from all attachment is the realization of God as Truth."

"What is brahmacharya? It is the way of life which leads us to Brahma (God)."

"Brahmacharya means control of the senses in thought, word and deed."

"Ahimsa means not to injure any creature by thought, word or deed, not even to the supposed advantage of this creature."

Emperor Ashoka or Asoka
Grandson of Chandragupta the founder of the Mauryan dynasty, came to the throne in 268 BCE and died in 233 BCE.
He is famously remembered for the rock and pillar inscriptions which are found scattered over India today and provide important information about his rule.
In 260BCE, Ashoka waged war on the Kingdom of Kalinga( modern day Orissa), and was so horrified at the carnage he caused, that he turned to Buddhism. His missionaries carried the religion to Egypt and Grecce, and his son, a monk, carried it to Sri Lanka, where today it is a popular religion. It is prehaps due to Ashoka that Buddhism is one of the major world religions today.
Some Indian Historians believe that Ashoka's methods of peace weren't "harsh" enough for the times, as after his death Ashoka's Empire fell apart.

The Pillar of Ashoka

"This pillar of Ashoka can be found at Sarnath, India. Ashoka, the last major emperor of the Maurya dynasty, engraved his work on rocks and pillars at suitable sites. This particular pillar has become India's national emblem. The inscriptions contain statements about Ashoka's thoughts and actions, and provide information on his life."

Ashoka is now a major Bollywood film, starring Khan.

This is the symbol which appears in the Indian Passport. Ashoka's wheel also appears on the National Flag.

Babar or Babur
The first Mogol ruler of India, he was a decendent of Genghis Khan. says:
Babar or Babur - a descendant of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane - was the founder of the Mogul Empire in India.

Babar was born in Farghana, a kingdom in what is now Afghanistan. In his early life Babar tried unsuccessfully to conquer Samarkand which had been the capital of Tamerlane. In 1505 he was forced to flee over the Hindukush to Afghanistan. There his band increased, and he made himself master of Kabul.

He assembled an army and then laid claim to the Punjab, because Tamerlane had conquered it a hundred years before. He defeated the Sultan of Delhi in the battle of Panipat (1525) and assumed the title of Emperor of Hindustan establishing thus the rule of the Moguls that lastet until 1858.
( The word Mogul or Mughal derives from the Arabic word for Mongol ).

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Babur's Empire united Kabul, Samarkand, Deli and Agra. He used muskets and artellery, which was very advanced for its time.
This is his Empire:
Babur's Mughal dynasty lasted for 150 years, and his sucessers were:
1530- Humayun( his son)
1556- Akbur
1605- Jahangir
1627- Shah Jahan
1658- Aurangzeb

India has a great many world-wide famous figures.
In time they shall be added to this site, below are the names and sites of just some of them:
Jawaharlal Nehru: (First Prime Minister). For information go to:
Indra Gandhi: 3rd Prime Minister of India. The first (and only) female PM of India, as part of the Nehru-Gandhi Family, she is still well remembered.
Shah Jahan: Builder of the Taj-Mahal. For information go to:
Akbar: One of the best kings of India, who was tolerant and had a large Empire. For more information go to:
Rabindranath Tagore: An Indian Poet, Hindu Philosopher
and nationalist. His anthemns have been used by both India and Bangladesh, as he, himself, was Begali. Tagore was the first non-westener to win a Noble Prize (his for Literature) in 1913.