Discussion in 'Religion & Culture' started by Bhoja, Oct 8, 2011.
What about Modiji?
He wore that crown at Red Fort.
He really behaves like some kind of King.
if only he could muster majority in most of the states he would truly fit the 'King' tag.
In such a large country, over such a long period, there would be innumerable kings. We can chose any as favourite depending on our taste and out tribe.
But for modern Indian nation, the ones I find important ones, who give identity, sense of continuity and moral legitimacy to Indian republic as a single political unit are:
Ancient times : Chandragupta Maurya and Ashok expanded the Nanda empire to almost pan-India empire. Even modern Indian republic uses it's symbols. And of course Ashoka is one of the superstars for India's soft power in rest of the world.
Mythical era : King Bharat. Whoever it was. Whether real or not, but very important character that allows us to claim and fantasize about India as the most ancient nation since eternity.
The kings that ruled south east asia/ spread Indian culture there. I am not sure whom I should name. Rajraja Chola is it?
Modern era: Chhatrapati Shivaji. Who is founder of modern India that exists today.
Err...... shall I add Rothschilds too in the list ? But they didn't formally get anointed as king, and enjoyed power without accountability, through proxy British throne. So that's complicated.
I grew up recently and learnt some more.
It is very difficult to understand our country through physical means.
Someone define greatness. If one has to choose a great king, one must be sure what does great means because the word "great" has many meanings such as big, important, very good, large etc.
Set some criteria to vote for greatness of kings.
Humans on Earth aren't invaders.
The bias in me says Raja Raja or Rajendra Chola. No Indian kingdom ever conducted raids and conquest of external lands the way we did. Chola Tamils were the true expansionists of Indian history.
Objectively speaking, Shivaji Bhosle would have to qualify. Brilliant tactician and warrior. He laid the foundations for the Maratha samurais to eventually liberate India of the Mughal empire and destroy Muslim rule decisively.
It is difficult to make comparison among these great Indian kings, but personally I like the Great Maratha warrior Shivaji. He was not only one of the greatest warriors of his time but also known as a High Protector of the Maratha Empire
Maharana Pratap is great king of history.He was a Hindu Rajput ruler of Mewar, a region in north-western India in the present day state of Rajasthan. Maharana Pratap opposed the Mughals, particularly Emperor Akbar. Maharana Pratap won back most of his territory except his cherished Chittor.
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Gupta (King: Samudragupta, Jack: Chandragupta II Vikramaditya)
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Voted for "Janata raja Shivaji Maharaj" and concept of swaraj....
Swaraj - self rule.
Someone's post actually used word "ricksha wala" describing him...
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