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An average looking guy was walking on the streets of the Pataliputra (today’s Patna city in India) for routine work. In his hurried walk, he stumbled on a stump of a noxious grass and injured his foot. Grass was deeply rooted in the earth and it was not easy to uproot it out. Little upset he sat down right there in the burning sun. He poured a sugar-syrup on the grass and stood by as if he was waiting for something!! A passing by kid, named Chandragupta, was watching him curiously, but carefully. All of a sudden, from nowhere, several ants and other insects came and attracted towards sugar-syrup. They destroyed the grass completely. Chandragupta curiously asked him, “It was just a grass. Why did you do it?” Brahmin replied back, “It was poisonous (evil) and fatal. And all evil things should be destroyed completely eventhough they are small. This is everybody’s duty. I would remove even a king if the king adopted adharma.” This average looking guy was not merely a common guy, but a very smart, clever and learned brahmin. His name was Vishnugupta. Vishnugupta lived in the capital city Pataliputra of an empire Magadha during the period 350-275 BC. His father, Chanak, was a learned brahmin. Being a teacher himself, Chanak knew the importance of education. He started teaching his son Vishnugupta in his early age. He himself was learned, noble and self-esteemed brahmin. He would not tolerate any injustice or adharmik deeds. Naturally, the corrupt and arrogant Magadha King Dhanananda did not like him. Chanak’s family was harrassed by the king on some false reasons. He was put in the prison where he died. Nobody raised a voice against the injustice caused with Chanak. Vishnuputa was a young boy at this time. He was extremely sad on his father’s death and injustice happened with him. His life was also in danger. He left…...

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