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Fish, poultry, and beef are too expensive for the poor, although people living along 051-063_MWN-BANG_05 1/26/07 3:45 PM Page 63 People and Culture bodies of water can fish and many rural people have a small flock of chickens. Vegetables are popular, and many spices are used in preparing most dishes. Many foods are prepared in cooking oil with spices and chopped onions. Fruits, too, are consumed with nearly every meal and include mangoes, papayas, guavas, bananas, and watermelons. Rural diets are generally consistent; that is, the same foods are consumed daily and prepared in the same way.

A war with the Kalinga forces in east-central India resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths at the hand of Ashoka’s army. Upon seeing the large-scale devastation and death, Ashoka was shocked and remorseful. He became opposed to warfare and adopted the peaceful beliefs of Buddhism as his philosophy. C. , and built several monuments to honor the peaceful beliefs of Buddhism. Pictured here is the temple at Bodh Gaya, which was built by Ashoka and is located just to the west of Bangladesh in the state of Bihar.

It also marked the start of the British bureaucratic system that operated in India until well into the twentieth century. In 1813, the Charter Act further asserted the authority of the British government over the lands controlled by the company. 39 028-041_MWN-BANG_03 40 1/26/07 3:43 PM Page 40 Bangladesh In addition, the act ended the company’s monopoly on trade, with the exception of its trade with China and its tea trade. The act also allowed Christian missionaries to enter India. The East India Company continued to play a major role in India until a local uprising changed its role.

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