Q. Consider the following statements:
1.The inscriptions of Brahmi script at sanchi were deciphered by Alexander Cunningham.
2.The Mudrarakshasa play was written by Visakhadatta during Satavahana period.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: D

Explanation: The reconstruction of the Mauryan period to a great extent became possible only after the Brahmi script of the inscriptions at Sanchi was deciphered by James Prinsep in 1837.

  • The play Mudrarakshasa by Visakhadatta was written during the Gupta period, sometime after the 4th century CE.
  • It narrates Chandragupta’s accession to the throne of the Magadha Empire and the exploits of his chief advisor Chanakya or Kautilya by listing the strategies he used to counter an invasion against Chandragupta.

Source: Tamil Nadu NCERT