GK Question- 51

Consider the following observations about the inscriptions of Asoka:
1. They used different scripts in different geographical locations
2. They used different languages in different geographical locations
3. Asoka has been mostly referred by his name Asokavardhna
Which among the above observations is/ are correct?
[A]Only 1 is correct
[B]Only 1 & 2 are correct
[C]Only 2 & 3 are correct
[D]Only 2 is correct


Explanation: We all know that Asoka’s full name was Asokvardhana. But in his inscriptions he is always called Devnampiya or Pyadarshin, except in the Maski version of his minor Rock Edict I where along he is designated Devanampiya Asoka. So, statement 3 is eliminated. The inscriptions of asoka were for educating the common people and that is why they used the scripts which people could read. So, Greek and Aramaic were used in Qandhar and Jalalabad, Kharosthi was used in Shahbazgarhi and Manshera. Brahmi was used in all his inscriptions on rocks and pillars scattered all over India. So statement 1 is correct. Statement 2 is incorrect because the language of the inscriptions was Ardha Magadhi which is similar to Pali and people could understand it.

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