Ashoka sent a series of missions, for peace and harmony to
the kingdoms of Ceylon, Burma, Sumatra, Syria, Egypt, and Macedonia.
The foreign missions preached Buddhism and also took up welfare work
among the people. The significance of these missions in propagating
international peace and harmony is evident from Buddha’s Pancha
Sheela which stipulates five virtues of life. Immediately after
independence, India realized that the pre-requisite for democracy is
lasting peace and harmony, not only internal but also with the neighbouring
The sailing ship shown here is a giant wood inlay work using timbers
of varying colours and shades.