the Mauryan empire came to consist of even
south, including Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Assertion (A): Asoka was converted to Buddhism immediately after the
Kalinga war in about 260 BC.
Reason (R): One of the Asokan edicts, namely the Bhabra inscription, clearly
states that Asoka was converted to Buddhism two and half years after the
Kalinga war.
Assertion (A): A branch of the original pipal tree under which the Buddha
had attained nirvana is said to be surviving till today in Sri Lanka.
Reason (R): The parent bodhi tree in India was destroyed a long time back.
Assertion (A): Under Asoka, Mauryan monarchy became paternal despotism.
Reason (R): Major Rock Edict VI shows Asoka remarking, ‘All men are my
children.’
Assertion (A): During the Mauryan period even the kings faced a great
amount of insecurity.
Reason (R): According to Megasthenes, Chandragupta Maurya did not sleep
for two nights successively in the same bed room.
Assertion (A): Asoka made repeated reference to the concept of svarga and
styled himself as the ‘Devanampiya’.
Reason (R): Asoka’s dhamma was nothing but reformed Brahmanism.
Which from of Prakrit was uniformly used by Asoka in almost all his
inscriptions?
(a) Magadhi
(b) Ardha-Magadhi
(c) Suraseni
(d) Maharashtri
Match List I with List II and select the answer using the codes given below.
         List I                                 List II
      (i) Shahbazgarhi                      (A) Manshera Brahmi script
      (ii) Dhauli and Jaugada               (B) Greek and Aramaic scripts
      (iii) Jalalabad and Kandahar          (C) Kharosthi script
Select the answer from the codes given below:
(a) i-A, ii-B, iii-C