Why do you think slaves and servants were ill − treated? Do you think the orders of the emperor would have improved their condition? Give reasons for your answer.

Slaves belonged to low castes and the masters of upper caste restricted them from almost everything that the society had to offer. Practices like untouchability further pushed the slaves even lower in the scale of the society.

Ashoka's liberal policy attempted to overcome these problems. Dhamma mahamattas were appointed to spread these words among all. The pillar inscriptions of Ashoka also propagated the views of Ashoka.

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