Ashoka (268-232 BCE) was a Mauryan king and is regarded as one of the greatest kings of all time in Indian subcontinent. He was perhaps the first ruler to keep direct contact with his people through inscriptions. Ashoka was a great proponent of Buddhism and organised the third Buddhist council at Pataliputra. He is considered as the first global cultural ambassador of India. Policy of peace, non-conquest and non-aggression was propagated by him. In this sense Ashoka was much ahead of his time.