Legacy of Ashoka and Kautilya, Aspen Institute, India, "Ideas India"--

Legacy of Ashoka and Kautilya: From Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Sarojini Naidu, B R Ambedkar, and even before them, Raja Ram Mohan Roy—the Indian independence struggle yielded a rich diversity of leaders with different points of views, different orientations and ideologies. Indeed, the founders of the modern Indian republic looked back at Mauryan times and invoked the legacy of Ashoka and chose Ashokan symbols for the Indian state seal and flag. Has the legacy of these leaders been forgotten in India? What lessons can we learn from these great leaders that would be applicable to modern India?Moderator: Kishan Rana Former Indian Ambassador to Germany Panel:  Sugata Bose Gardiner Professor of History and Director South Asia Initiative, Harvard University; Bruce Rich Author, "To Uphold the World: The Message of Ashoka and Kautilya for the 21st Century; Akeel Bilgrami Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University