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Slavery means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Rajatarangini (Ranjit Sitaram Pandit) (history)

Slavery was prohibited according to the ancient law of the Aryas.—The picture drawn by Kalhana of the political and social life in Kashmir is not unlike Finlay’s picture of the Byzantine Empire minus the slaves and eunuchs. Up to the middle ages, when Aryan rule came to an end with the defeat of Prithvi Raj Chauhan of Delhi—about half a century after Kalhana wrote his poem—slavery had not existed in India in spite of a socio-religious system of which the natural inequality of man seemed to be the pivot. The law of the Aryas prohibited slavery and the injunction had already been emphasized in the Arthasastra—an authoritative work on political science of the 4th century B.C.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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