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1 Kiran Kumar Thaplyal
Asoka: The King and the Man
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2012; 8173054339 / 9788173054334; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The present volume comprising 11 Chapters deals variously with political and economic background and sources; classification and features of edicts; early life and family; conquests and extent of empire; administration; faith in Buddhism; dhamma; religious harmony; society and religions; monuments; and estimate of Asoka. Of five Appendices, the last one deals with the latest discovered Asokan inscription, brought to light by the author. Some points may be highlighted. If Taxila Aramaic inscription was engraved during Asoka's viceroyalty, then Priyadarsi, occurring in it, was not his coronation name. The first five lines of the Panguraria inscription do not refer to Asoka as viceroy on pleasure tour. Identifications and status of Asoka's queens suggested by scholars are rejected, and alternate suggestions offered. The views that Asoka allowed the slaughter of two peacocks and one deer because he was fond of their meat, or because their meat was offered to family deity, have been countered. It is argued with evidence that Chandragupta, and not Bindusara, married a Greek princess. Asoka ruthlessly attacked Kalinga, as in the war of succession, its king had sided with his rival. Asoka has been criticized for granting merely three days for making appeal against death sentence, its review, judgment on the review and conveying the same to the petitioner. The circumstances of the presence of the Separate Rock Edicts at Sannati have been critically examined. Literary and epigraphic evidences show that elephant in Asokan art symbolises Buddha, and so the view that the Dhauli elephant represents Asoka is not correct. Asoka's statement that as a lay Buddhist, after association with samgha, by exerting much he made people extremely pious, clearly shows that the dhamma he propagated was Buddhism, and leaves no scope for debate about it. Printed Pages: 352 with 1 map & 24 colours & b/w illustrations. 100127

Price: 48.00 USD
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2 Kiran Kumar Thaplyal & Shive Nandan Misra (Eds)
Select Battles in Indian History (From Earliest Times to 2000 A.D.), 2 Vols
Agam Kala Prakashan; Delhi, India; 2002; 9788173200475; Hardcover; New; New; 
The books contains description of 59 wars and battles in the history of India from the Rigvedic period to A.D. 1999(Kargil War). Thewars fought after India's independence in 1947 have been discussed by very senior army officers who were then in active service.The wars detailed in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are naturally covered. The threat perception in the light of Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests has also been discussed.Printed Pages: 780. 101569

Price: 70.25 USD
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3 Kiran Kumar Thaplyal
The Imperial Guptas: A Political History
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2012; 8173054320 / 9788173054327; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The present volume comprising 12 Chapters and six Appendices discusses Gupta history, based on the latest evidence. The problems discussed critically include: the name of the first king, the bearing of Chandragupta I's marriage with Lichchhavi princess; authorship of Chandragupta I-Kumaradevi coins; identification and chronological position of Kacha; the Nalanda and Gaya copper plates of Samudragupta; significance of the epithet Lichchhavi-dauhitra; Samudragupta's policy towards different powers; meaning of chir=otsan=asvamedh= ahartta; literary, numismatic and epigraphic evidences for the historicity of Ramagupta; marriage alliance of the Guptas with the Nagas and the Vakatakas; epigraphic and numismatic evidences for Chandragupta II's Saka conquest; identification of Chandra of Mehrauli inscription; the date, status and chronological position of Govindagupta; Ghatotkachagupta's marriage with a Vakataka princess, his status as governor of Kumaragupta I, his rebellion against him, and his short reign in Malwa; the struggle for, and the order of, sucession after Kumaragupta I ; the view of Skandagupta's identification with Purugupta and that of the division of empire between them; name and status of Skandagupta's mother; invasion of the Pushyamitras and the Hunas; Toramana's occupation of Eran; identification of Prakasaditya; genealogy and chronology of Gupta kings; relationship between Prakasadharman and Yasodharman who defeated Toramana and Mihirakula, respectively; identification of Baladitya, contemporary of Mihirakula; role of the Later Guptas, Maukharis, Hunas and Yasodharman in the downfall of the Gupta empire; evidence for three Kumaraguptas; king's name and date on the fifth Damodarpur copperplate; Jaina sources and epigraphs on the end of the Gupta rule. Printed Pages: 492 with 8 colours & b/w illustrations. 100128

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4 Kiran Kumar Thaplyal
Village and Village Life in Ancient India: A Study of Village and Village Life in Northern India from 6th Century BC to 1st Century BC
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2004; 8173052611 / 9788173052613; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
In this work, an attempt has been made to present in a concise form the various and variegated facets of village and village life in Northern India from c. sixth century BC, a great landmark in Indian history in several fields, to c. first century AD, by linking together pieces of evidence culled from literary and archaeological sources. The first chapter deals with time frame, area of study and sources and their relative merit for historical reconstruction. The next two chapters discuss the form and character of villages and their position vis-a-vis towns and cities. The fourth chapter discusses socio-economic stratification, and the fifth, sixth and seventh chapters, aspects of social, economic and religious life, respectively. Administration and taxation forms the subject of the eighth chapter. Then follow two appendices dealing with ownership of land, and grant of agricultural land and villages, respectively, a bibliography and an index. Forty-five line-drawings and twelve photographs have been added which throw light on various aspects of the life of the village folk. Similarities and diversities between villages and towns have been highlighted, and an attempt has been made to distinguish between ideal and real, common and rare, and change and continuity. Printed Pages: 364 with 12 halftone illustrations and 45 line drawings. 002886

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