In­dia’s top list of the last 6,000 years

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1. Ma­hatma Gandhi So what if the Ma­hatma is in­creas­ingly ir­rel­e­vant in his own coun­try? At rank 75, he is the only In­dian to be among the top 100.

2. Ashoka In­dia’s first Bud­dhist em­peror of 3rd century B.C. is ranked 627. He is still rel­e­vant? Sur­prise, sur­prise.

3. Rud­yard Ki­pling We thought the writer was English. Born in Mum­bai, he has been ranked as In­dian, at No. 673.

4. Na­gar­juna The key­word of the Bud­dhist philoso­pher, ranked 812, is “sun­y­ata” or empti­ness. Looks like quan­tum physi­cists are find­ing new mean­ing in it.

5. Indira Gandhi World’s long­est-serv­ing woman prime min­is­ter is still re­mem­bered as the face of women politi­cians in global pol­i­tics. Ranked 1233.

6.Rabindranath Tagore In­dia’s first No­bel prize win­ner still ap­pears to be rel­e­vant to oth­ers, at num­ber 1496, apart from Ben­gal and its di­as­pora.





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