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Ashoka (, IAST: Aśoka; also Asoka; c. 304 – 232 BCE), popularly known as Ashoka the Great, was the third Mauryan Emperor of Magadha in the Indian subcontinent during c. 268 to 232 BCE. His empire covered a large part of the Indian subcontinent, stretching from present-day Afghanistan in the west to present-day Bangladesh in the east, with its capital at Pataliputra. A patron of Buddhism, he is credited with playing an important role in the spread of Buddhism across ancient Asia. Ashoka's edicts state that during his eighth regnal year (c. 260 BCE), he conquered Kalinga after a brutal war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ashoka has received more than 14,597,808 page views. His biography is available in 126 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 124 in 2019). Ashoka is the 81st most popular politician (up from 87th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from India and the 2nd most popular Indian Politician.

Ashoka was an Indian emperor who ruled the Mauryan Empire from 269 BC to 232 BC. He is most famous for his conversion to Buddhism and the creation of a Buddhist empire.

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Among politicians, Ashoka ranks 81 out of 15,577Before him are Murad III, Ivan the Terrible, Richard I of England, Napoleon III, Rama, and Joe Biden. After him are Hirohito, Selim I, Trajan, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Kösem Sultan, and Francisco Franco.

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Among people born in 304 BC, Ashoka ranks 1 Among people deceased in 232 BC, Ashoka ranks 1After him are Han Fei and Cleanthes.

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In India

Among people born in India, Ashoka ranks 3 out of 1,493Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869) and Rama (null). After him are George Orwell (1903), Rajneesh (1931), Narendra Modi (1950), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Amitabh Bachchan (1942), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), Vivien Leigh (1913), and Ramakrishna (1836).


Among politicians born in India, Ashoka ranks 2Before him are Rama (null). After him are Narendra Modi (1950), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Indira Gandhi (1917), Shivaji (1627), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Aurangzeb (1618), and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888).