The narrator describes how the Aryans clashed with Alexander the Great's army in India, and how an Indian Buddhist Emperor, Ashoka, recorded the first attempt at political unity in India. It is then explained how Ashoka created the idea of nonviolence. Ashoka also created the idea of conquering by right conduct, or Dhamma, and it is described how this was modern for its time.
The narrator describes the Mughal Empire and its emperor, Akbar the Great. It is explained how Akbar used a new method of rule, which involved tolerance and pluralism. Akbar's accomplishments relating to tolerance are later described.
Travis desperately tries to assist a young prostitute. While he performs several depraved acts over the course of the film, he retains an internal moral compass guided by his own system. On the one hand, he is perfectly fine murdering unarmed civilians; on the other hand, he can't bear to witness Iris continue to work as a prostitute.
Akeelah makes it all the way to the final round of the National Spelling Bee, but prior to it, she overhears a heated conversation between her rival, Dylan, and his father. She decides to lose on purpose so that Dylan will win the competition and the affection of his father. Dylan later states that he wants to win only when Akeelah is trying her best.