Discovering Pakistan

5, 000 years of Civilization & Culture

The Blind Prince

Prolific Pakistani author & travel writer Salman Rashid relates the tale of Prince Kunala, or Kunal, the circumstances that took him to Taxila where he was tragically blinded, and the … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Legend of Prince Kunala

Kunala was the son of Emperor Ashoka and Queen Padmavati and presumptive heir to to the Maurya Empire, which, at the time (3rd century BCE), covered most of the Indian subcontinent and all of present-day Pakistan. Kunala was … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ashoka and Buddhism

Indian historian Romila Thapar does a critical assessment of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the role that Buddhism played in his policies, and the social and political climate of the Indian subcontinent … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Taxila, Intellectual Capital of India

The great city of Takshashila (modern Taxila) was a capital of ancient Gandhara and home to one of the oldest, if not the oldest, university in the world. Takshasila University … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ashoka the Great’s Rock Edicts

Ashoka, the third monarch of the Maurya Empire, ruled the Indian subcontinent between 269 and 232 BCE. Regarded as one of India’s greatest rulers, Ashoka converted to Buddhism after waging … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Arthashastra

The Arthashastra is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, authored in the 4th century BCE by Kautilya (popularly known as Chanakya), a professor at Takshashila University and advisor … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Megasthenes at the Mauryan Court

Shortly after Alexander and his troops withdrew from India in 325 BCE, leaving behind satraps (governors) in Taxila, Western Punjab and the Indus Valley, Chandragupta Maurya founded the first great … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment