WARRIORS OF INDIA
- CHANDRA GUPTA MOURYA
( 340 BC -298BC)
- Ashok ( 304 bc - 232 bc)
- Pulakesin II
- Prithviraj chauhan(1168 ad - 1192 ad)
- krishnadeva raya ( 1481 ad - 1529 ad)
- babur the tiger (1483 ad - 1530 ad)
- Akbar 'the great' (1542 AD- 1605 AD)
- shivaji(1627 AD - 1680 AD)
- Maharana pratap singh
- Raja Man Singh
- Jai Singh II – Rajput
- Suraj Mal Jat
- Tipu sultan
- Haider Ali,
Haider Ali, the commander in chief of the Mysore army , took over the throne of Mysore when the Maharaja of Mysore died, and soon extended his kingdom upto the river Krishna. His growing power incurred the jealousy of the Nizam of Hyderabad, the Marathas and the English, who formed a triple Alliance him in 1767. Haider Ali won over the Nizam and the Marathas. He inflicted heavy losses on the British in the first Anglo –Mysore war of 1767 – 69 which led to the signing of an realistic treaty in 1769. When he was attacked by the Marathas in 1772, the British did not come to support. Embittered, he waited for an opportunity, and in 1780, he didn’t permit the English to attack the French at Mahe, situated on the west coast of mysore, compelling the English to declare war on him. Supported by the French, Haider Ali initially inficted heavy losses on the British but later Sir Eyre Coote defeated him at Porto Novo in 1781.
India has the distinction of introducing civilised and humane warfare many centuries before the rest of the world even began to think of international humanitarian law.
The minister walked slowly upto the emperor Ashoka. He bowed, then handed the emperor a pile of palm - leaf papers. On these papers were written the accounts of minister's department. If the clerks had done their job well, the figures would be correct and the emperor would be pleased. When Ashoka became the leader of the Mauryan empire in 273 BC, almost all of India was under his rule. The only the areas he did not control were some lands at the southern tip of the sub-continent and the kingdom of Kalinga. Ashoka decided to use his great power to crush Kalinga.
During the war which followed, thousands of men were killed and wounded, and thousands more driven from their homes. When the war eneded, Ashoka decided that he did not want to fight any more.He was possibly the first ruler in history to give up war as a means of getting what he wanted.
Within a few year, Ashoka had become a follower of the Buddhist religion. He began to see himself as the father his people. He made special edicts, or proclaimations, about being tolerent, not fighting, and looking after others. These were a king of code of conduct for his people. The language of edicts was not sanskrit, but prakrit, the language of common people. The words were carved in a script called 'Brahmi'. It is the first known systme of writing to come down to us since Harappan times. The words of the edicts were carved into huge pillars and rocks so that everyone could read them. Government workers made sure that everyone lived and worked according to these edicts. The pillars were erected all over the kingdom, and many of them can still be seen today