A Nation Asks: Are We Ferocious Lions or Peaceful Cats?

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a bronze sculpture of India’s national emblem last month featuring four lions, people immediately started asking: Are the big cats too fierce?

India’s emblem, adopted in 1950, is modeled after a sculpture dating back more than 2,000 years to the reign of Emperor Ashoka, who famously renounced armed conquest to take up Buddhism and promote peace. The new 21-foot-tall cast, weighing in at around 21,000 pounds, went atop a parliament building being built in New Delhi.

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