There is a common saying, that war is never good, and that peace is never bad, but if we look back into the history of mankind, it will be clear that wars have been taking place since the prehistoric ages. Although attempts have been made to abolish it, success has not been achieved so far. Thus, eternal peace seems to be beyond our reach.

There are people who justify wars and say that it is necessary because it is the law of nature. They highlight their point by placing Charles Darwin as their front. It was he who established the principle of survival of the fittest. He said that there is a constant struggle for survival in nature, both animate and inanimate. In this struggle only those who are the fittest will succeed. Thus, war is held necessary, apparently without which there will be no development of humanity.

Such people forget that war always brings destruction on a large scale. They forget Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings of non-violence and ahimsa, following which he freed his motherland from the shackles of slavery. They forget that if Gandhi could oust the powerful Britishers by non violence, why can’t we follow through too?

War is the enemy of humanity and human civilization. Nothing good can be achieved out of it, and hence, it can never be glorified in any form. It not only hampers the development of the nation but also uproots social cohesiveness. It slows down the pace of progress of mankind.

Wars are not solutions to problems. They, in fact, generate problems and create hatred among nations. Wars can decide and fixate one issue but it gives birth to many in the process. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are one of the greatest horrible faces of the consequences of wars. Even after 60 years, people continue to suffer from the miseries they faced during war. Whatever be the cause of war, it always results in destruction of life and property at large.

One obnoxious face of modern warfare is terrorism, which targets the strongest of the strong and causes dangers beyond control. Terrorists do not discriminate between races, religion, and culture. They target humanity as a whole. Even the world’s super power, the USA remained helpless when its prestigious twin towers of the World Trade Centre were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 with a well planned, well coordinated and massive suicide terrorist step. The Indian Parliament was also attacked.

These terrorists did not leave the temples, like the Akshardham in Gujarat. These terrorist attacks are nothing but the misguided zeal of a few derailed members of our society. They work under provocations that have no goals.

As a whole, war has always been the greatest blot on humanity. It was created by man himself, but now lies beyond control of all human forces. Now, it requires retrospection of the entire human race for the sake of humanity. If not, nothing will remain.

Niether war, nor humanity.

Author : Ariv Patankar

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