Imperial away in ancient India meant the active rule of an individual monarch who by his ability and prowess brought to subjection the neighbouring chieftains and other rules, and proclaimed himself the sole ruler of the earth. This goes by the name of digvijaya. It is not necessary that he should conquer all States by the sword. A small state might feel the weight of a conquering king and render obeisance of its own accord. The Indian subcontinent is home to a variety of fighting styles. In Sanskrit they may be collectively referred to as uastravidya or dhanurveda. The former is a compound of the words uastra (sword, weapon) and vidya (learning), meaning “knowledge of sword” or “knowledge of weaponary”. This work is essentially useful for scholars researchers social activists academics government functionaries and the general reader alike. It must be taken as a valuable addition to the treasure of books on the subject of Art of War in Ancient India.
Author: R.K. Sachdeva
Features: HB, Spr