304 BC - 232 BC

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Ashoka (; Brāhmi: 𑀅𑀲𑁄𑀓, Asoka, IAST: Aśoka), also known as Ashoka the Great, was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, son of Bindusara, who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from c. 268 to 232 BCE. Ashoka promoted the spread of Buddhism across ancient Asia. Considered by many to be one of India's greatest emperors, Ashoka expanded Chandragupta's empire to reign over territory stretching from present-day Afghanistan in the west to present-day Bangladesh in the east. It covered the entire Indian subcontinent except for parts of present-day Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ashoka has received more than 11,729,426 page views. His biography is available in 124 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 122 in 2019). Ashoka is the 87th most popular politician (up from 92nd in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from India (up from 4th in 2019) and the 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 87 out of 15,710Before him are Osman I, Selim I, James K. Polk, Henry IV of France, Margaret Thatcher, and Heinrich Himmler. After him are Mary II of England, Hadrian, Tiberius, Darius the Great, Ahmed I, and Boris Yeltsin.

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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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Among people born in India, Ashoka ranks 3 out of 1,227Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869) and George Orwell (1903). After him are Rajneesh (1931), Amitabh Bachchan (1942), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887), Ramakrishna (1836), Rudyard Kipling (1865), Vivien Leigh (1913), and Jawaharlal Nehru (1889).


Among politicians born in India, Ashoka ranks 1After him are A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), Indira Gandhi (1917), Shivaji (1627), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Aurangzeb (1618), Rani of Jhansi (1828), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Rama (null), and Alauddin Khalji (1266).