Rana Pratap. When his capital, Chittor, fell to
Lord Wellesley took over the administration of the Camatic on the ground
that Umdut was in treasonable correspondence with Tipu Sultan.
Upagupta A famous Buddhist monk, he is believed to have converted
Asoka to Buddhism. He is also said to have accompanied Asoka on a tour of
Buddhist holy places and pointed out to him the place of the nativity of
Buddha which came to be marked by the Rummindei Pillar Inscription of
Asoka. He is also referred to as Moggaliputta Tissa in the contemporary
Buddhist texts.
Ustad Isa He was probably the architect who designed the Taj Mahal at
Agra and supervised its construction.
Vijnesvara (Vijnanesvara) A celebrated Hindu lawyer and jurist, he
belonged to the reign of Vikramanka (ad 1076–1126) of the Kalyani
Chalukyas. His work, the Mitaksara, is considered as one of the most
authoritative expositions of the Hindu law of succession.
Vishnuvardhana (or Bittideva) The Hoyasala king of Dwarasamudra
(1110–41), his reign is of great religious and cultural significance. He was
originally a Jaina, but came under the influence of Ramanuja and was
converted to Vaishnavism. It was after his conversion that he changed his
name from Bittideva to Vishnuvardhana. He promoted his new faith by the
construction of temples of unsurpassed magnificence some of which the best
example is the temple of Hoyasalesvara at Halebid.
Viswas Rao The eldest son and prospective heir of Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao,
he was the nominal head of the Maratha army that was defeated by Ahmad
Shah Abdaliin the third battle of Panipat. He, along with his uncle (Sadasiva
Rao Bhao) who was the actual commander of the army, were killed in this
battle.
Wedderburn, Sir William An English ICS officer of distinction, he took a
leading part in the Congress politics after his retirement. He attended the first
session of Congress and later presided over two Congress sessions in 1889
and 1910.
Yajnavalkya A famous ancient Hindu philosopher and sage, he is
associated by tradition with the renowned philosopher—king, Janaka of
Mithila.