- Politics is not new in Bihar on Emperor Ashoka
- Ashok’s caste became an issue in the 2015 assembly elections
- Nitish Kumar had declared a holiday on the birthday of Maurya Raja.
Daya Prakash Sinha in his play has described Emperor Ashoka as an ugly and cruel ruler who grabbed power by killing his brother. The Maurya ruler is compared with Aurangzeb in the play. Many other types of objections have been raised, whose summary we are giving at the bottom of this article. Daya Prakash Sinha is also associated with the cultural cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party and has received the Padma Shri award. After this drama of his, the ruckus in Bihar NDA has increased. Nitish Kumar The party has demanded from the BJP to expel Daya Prakash and take back the Padma Shri. Chairman of JDU Parliamentary Board Upendra Kushwaha and national president of the party Lalan Singh Has targeted BJP. On the other hand, BJP state president Sanjay Jaiswal has described Lalan Singh and Upendra Kushwaha as Bhasmasur and intellectuals who put wheeze in the root.
But we forgot that Emperor Ashoka has not entered the politics of Bihar. Upendra Kushwaha was forgotten when he was with the BJP in the 2015 assembly elections and the caste of Emperor Ashoka was discovered. BJP councilor Surajnandan Kushwaha had organized the 2330th birth anniversary by telling Emperor Ashoka to be of Koiri caste. Big leaders of BJP including Ravi Shankar Prasad were present in that program. On the other hand, Nitish Kumar broke ties with the BJP and started flirting with Lalu and in the affair of Luv-Kush, his party also staked claim on Emperor Ashoka. The result was that after the formation of the government, Nitish Kumar declared 14 April as Ashok Jayanti and declared a state holiday. Meaning then Upendra Kushwaha, opposed to BJP and Nitish, unequivocally told the caste of Emperor Ashoka and Nitish Kumar found the birthday. On the other hand, great historian Romila Thapar was beating her head who has written a research book on ancient India and Emperor Ashoka.
If the leaders of Bihar were not satisfied with this, they brought the picture of Emperor Ashoka. Ravi Shankar Prasad released a postage stamp with that picture of Emperor Ashoka. A ticket was issued in 2017 at the General Post Office in Patna. On the other hand historians were saying that the caste or birthday of Emperor Ashoka could not be ascertained, here BJP and JDU took out the horoscope and sat in Patna. Historians have different opinions on the caste of Ashoka’s mother. According to one school, Bindusara’s wife was a Shudra. Some historians consider him a Kshatriya.
Upendra Kushwaha is in Nitish Kumar’s party today. He is pained at Daya Prakash’s comment. Of course, it is only natural to be blown away by illogical remarks against a historical figure whom you consider to be a role model or inspiration. But these leaders should also introspect. The use of Emperor Ashoka for political gains should be stopped.
Excerpt from the interview of Daya Prakash Sinha
Note – Daya Prakash Sinha has given an interview to our newspaper Navbharat Times on his play, after which this matter started gaining momentum. In this he was asked that the play ‘Emperor Ashoka’ exposes the bright and dark side of the then history. Please tell what is the dark side and what is the white side? What he said in response to this is exactly below.
Answer: Ashoka is of great importance here, because after the Kalinga war he became non-violent and had decided that he would never fight again. The Government of India has also made the lion on the Ashoka Pillar its official mark. The bright side of Emperor Ashoka has also been included in the curriculum of various schools and colleges of the country. It is known from the three Buddhist texts of Sri Lanka, Deepavansha, Mahavansa, Ashokavadan and the text of Tibetan writer Taranatha, that Emperor Ashoka was very ugly. He had scars on his face and was very sensual in his early life. Buddhist texts also say that Ashoka was Kamashoka and Chandashoka. Chandashok means that he was very cruel. He had killed Buddhist monks. Later that Dhamma became Ashoka. Bindusara wanted the elder son Susim to become the king, but Ashoka revolted and killed his brother. He was also the reason behind the murder of his father. Ashoka, to hide the sins of his early life, spent money promoting Buddhism like a maniac, due to which he was deposed from the kingdom and imprisoned. One day a Buddhist monk went to him to ask for alms, he said that I have nothing. This is the only fruit I have, and he has given it.