UPSC General Studies Solved Paper - General Studies-2016

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    Who of the following had first deciphered the edicts of Emperor Ashoka?

    A)  Georg Buhler                            

    B)  James Prinsep

    C)  Max Muller      

    D)  William Jones

    Correct Answer: B

    Solution :

    Exp. [b] James Prinsep who held a high rank in the service of the British Eash India Company in Bengal, was the first to decipher edicts of Ashoka. He deciphered Brahmi script in 1838. Prinsep found that on most of the earliest inscriptions and coins, there is a mention of a king referred to as 'Piyadasa' meaning 'pleasant to behold'. On some inscriptions, the king is named as Ashoka. The deciphering to the Brahmi script by Prinsep provided a new direction to investigations into early Indian political history.

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