The Indian campaign of Alexander the Great in 326 BC has a lot of historical importance. Battle of Hydaspes is filled with great importance. School children in India have grown up reading about Alexander the ‘Great’, the military genius the world has ever seen, who defeated and subjugated most of the ‘known world’ of his time and left an indelible mark on world history; or so western historians would have us believe.
It is another matter that even regarding ‘world’ conquest he would not compare favorably with others including the Mongol Changis Khan. What about the last campaign of Alexander – India? It is time, perhaps, to revisit the myth around this ancient Macedonian king with particular reference to his campaign in India.
Did he conquer India or did his hubris lead him to overreach with disastrous results for himself and his army?