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In his book, Kautilya promotes the use of assassination and spies. Although some have judged Kautilya negatively for some of the activities he recommended, he possessed great knowledge of human behavior and politics. Many historians believe Kautilya was indispensible for the Mauryan Empire to achieve its greatness. indd 34 10/21/14 2:17 PM Ashoka shared his newfound beliefs in a number of edicts, which were carved in locations throughout the kingdom and intended to inspire his people. He shares his compassion in one of them: All men are my children.

The raja relied on two people. The senani led the army. The purohita was a priest who acted like a shaman or medicine man by treating illnesses with spells. Tribes soon grew to become mahajanapadas. Power shifted from the countryside to urban areas. indd 31 10/27/14 3:02 PM Kamboja In du In d us s Gandhara Kuru la ha c an Ga P n g Kosala es Sh Matsya Avanti N ur as e na Vatsa Chetiya Malla Kashi Vriji Ga ng es Magadha Anga Assaka The 16 mahajanapadas, circa 600 BCE From 1000 BCE to 600 BCE, the Vedic civilization thrived.

And most houses had a platform for bathing. Builders constructed these ancient indoor conveniences against outside walls. There, water and waste would flow down drains and into a city drainage system. Houses also had chutes for garbage that carried refuse to bins at the ground level. The Fate of Mohenjo-Daro In 2014, after existing for approximately 4,500 years, what remains of Mohenjo-Daro was at risk for being lost forever. Dr. Asma Ibrahim, a prominent Pakistani archaeologist, explained, “Every time I come here, I feel worse than the previous time.

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