- Jun 2012
They would not have the access to the Elephants like their other counterparts and that is why they appeared weak [ on the plains] .
And mentioning about Rashtrakutas' inefficiency to go beyond India , I was talking in the NW side [ crossing the modern Pakistan ] not on seas. [ As i said , all the SOuth Indian empires had that capaccity to impose will on the surrounding island kingdoms ]
And it is not a surprise for Rashtrakutas collecting tributr from ceylon
I agree with you. Rashtrakutas never had capcity to cross the Hindukush. However they might have conquered SE asia if they would have wanted to do so. (I assume that they had large powerful navy just like their army)
On the other hand Gurjara pratihara never had capacity to conquer the SE asia. However they are one of the very few dynasty who could have crossed the traditional north west border of India. Just yesterday I read that Arab chronicle mentions that Mahipala I of Gurjara pratihara dynasty maitained 4 armies with the strength of 700000 to 900000 in each army. And the area was rich in mineral resources especially Gold and silver. Even one army is enough to start an efficient campaign outside the India!!!
Besides I realized one thing. Studying & restructuring the Indian history from western point of view isn't doing any justice to our history. Millitary might wasn't given as much importance as the public welfare in our history compared to non Indian history. Most of the famous household names like Ashoka, Buddha, Mahavira, Vikramaditya, Raja bhoj, Siddhraj jaysinh are famous not because of their millitary might. Infact some of them achieved nothing if we look from that point of view. However our history remembered them (irrespective of their caste, religion and origin) because they did something good for the people. Even Raja bhoj is more famous name in Indian household than his contempory Rajendra chola who conquered the SE Asia and in comparision Bhoj's millitary achievement were insignificant. (Note: I don't mean to decrease the imporatance of Rajendra chola's achievements however in common household Bhoj is still more famous than Rajaraja). Even the later famous kings like Akbar, Shivaji and Krishnadev raya are remembered because they were loved by the people. And thats one of the main reason why India never expanded the territory outside the traditional boudries as wellfare was given more importance than the millitary achievements.