PEACE AND WAR

VICTORIES OF PEACE ARE MORE RENOWNED THAN WAR

The ongoing tension between bordering nations India and Pakistan is further escalating day by day with threats of war originating from Pakistani propaganda. This has compelled the generations to think over the consequences of war.
It is a well-known fact that a war always leave behind it several horrible tales of destruction. Actually, war is the ugly manifestation of this dormant animalism in man. Clash of interests or conflicts of nations or cultures lashes the sleeping animal into fury, and peace is disturbed. In such situations even the education cannot tame this animal in man. The inventive genius of science which has produced nuclear weapons which further add to the horrors of modern war.
History makes us believe that after effects of a war are even more dangerous than the effects of war itself. The human cries, the loss of lives and property and above all the irreparable loss to the environment is nothing but a heinous crime against the human race. There are wars and wars. These are wars to defend a country, to protect its religion and culture. Mad with power and pride, the strong nation throws justice to the winds and innocent humanity gets crushed.
We shudder to think of the loss of life and property a war involves. Parents loses their dear sons, wife their loving husbands and children their affectionate parents. Famous buildings and fine specimens of architecture are destroyed. Libraries are burnt down, museums are demolished and the seats of religion are desecrated. Economy is collapsed. War is an enemy to culture. It paralyses peace time arts. The philosopher loses his balance of mind; the poet bids good bye to his fancy; the musician takes leave of his instruments and the painter put aside his canvas and brush. Educational institutes are closed. The pen yields peace to the sword. The onward march of civilization is arrested, the hand of the clock of progress is thus pushed back. War is an evil, A dreadful disaster and for the lasting good of humanity it should be outlawed once for all.
War is holocaust of young men. Men are solemnly engaged in burning their fellowmen. War is murder, massacre of infants and babies, of the sick and suffering it is; deviation of churches and chapels of cottages and mansions; and lastly it may wipe out museums with all relics of the past, and raise to the earth towns and cities. Hell, itself is let loose and the demon of destruction stalks the land reigning supreme. Call it patriotism, if you please; call it national honour, if you like; call it defence of democracy, or safety of humanity, if you so choose, but it is really a barbarous dance of death.
So long as man is man, there will always remain the evil of war, the dance of death the cruel carnage of human beings. Saints are few but sinners are many. The world is not replete Inspite of the progress of civilization and culture, the teachings of Buddha and Christ and the cult of nonviolence of Gandhiji, there is the demon of war, the law of jungle to settle international disputes. But that way

The history of the progress of man from barbarism to civilization is a record of achievements during peace time. Art, architecture, sculpture, painting, music and literature of their birth, growth and nourishment and sports have flourished more in the time of peace and not in the wars. War puts back the hands of the clock of civilization. From the point of view of mankind, the victories of war cannot really be glorious. The conquest of country may be satisfying for the conqueror only. When peace reigns supreme, man turns his mind towards his own son, towards his neighbour, towards his God. He sits down coolly, analysis his mind, sound his nations, and makes offerings at the altar of God. Great was Asoka's victory in Kalinga, but his victory during peace time, the propagation and spread of Buddhism, was a far greater achievement. Again, the discoveries of science in war-time are largely discoveries of newer and more potent engines of destruction and death, while those of peace time ameliorate man's miseries and make life worth living. If the former be brilliant, the latter are beneficial, and therefore more glorious. The victories of war bring glory to particular country, but the victories of peace are a glory for humanity at large, and they last for all time to come. Thus, we see that the victories of peace are more glorious and glittering and results of war are always destructive.