Gandhāra and North-Western India
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For many years, trying to figure out how to quantify the impact of the political presence of the Indo-Greeks in Gandhara and North Western India, the author imagined a situation comparable to the early years of the East Indian Company, with scattered, quantitatively negligible self-defended installations all but lost in the vastness of the Indian subcontinent. With their power in India detached from the Central Asian motherland, the Indo-Greeks apparently pursued a systematic political plan involving major urban foundations, patronage of religious communities, organization of power and resources, monetary reform, intense diplomatic activity and warfare. The ancient human geography of Gandhara and North-Western India was essentially defined by the courses of the major rivers. The Indus river represented a true east-west cultural divide between the trans-Indus (North-western India) and cis-Indus territories (Gandhara), i.e. between the Indo-Gangetic and Eastern Iranic spheres.