It is indeed a paradox when the merchants of war say that they are waging a war so that peace can prevail. This has always been the claim of all wars.
The First World War of 1914-18 ended with the creation of the League of Nations, the purpose of which was to explore the possibilities of avoiding new wars.
But for all good intentions the fury of another war could not be quelled and World War II – deadlier than I, was fought and fought and when it somehow ended. on the other hand, the United Nations was constituted as a forum to find means and means for a lasting Universal Peace. But somehow, despite all godly intentions, the clouds of war still hang over the horizons in that part of the world or there and permanent peace just seems like a dream worthy of. be realized but not fully realized.
When there is a war and when it ends, one power is the victor and the other the vanquished. The victor delights in glory and the conquered crowns of pain, Even the victors have hundreds and thousands of houses destroyed; women widowed, children orphaned and the vanquished still have many other consequences to suffer. It is only a few territories and lands which are gained and lost and which alone are the gains which the war achieves.
Alexander the Great, was a great conqueror and conquered country after country; the Romans extended their empire over vast expanses of land; Tamurlaine is reputed to have ravaged country after country to subjugate it to his empire; Mahmud Ghazni, attacked India seventeen times only to transport carts and camels laden with treasures and riches; Ashok fought a bloody battle in Kalinga; Akbar has faced relentless encounters with Rana Pratap. Napoleon and Bismarck came to be regarded as great soldiers; – these are all names in history that fought and fought only to defeat enemies and gain territories or plunder wealth. But with what results? Wars wreak havoc on human life; they destroy the finer sensibilities of human nature and arouse hatred and jealousy; twisted conspiracies and other vile instincts of human nature.
HG Wells rightly pointed out that “Hundreds and thousands of uniformed men, carrying various deadly weapons, come into the theater of war, killing those they do not know and have nothing to do with them. hurt. World War II brought about the horrors of devastation in the form of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, turning cities into filthy rubble and leaving men, women and children dead or maimed for life. Only America could claim to have become a great power. It was the payoff of this war.
War wastes a country’s resources, those resources that could have been better used for the good use of human well-being. It exhausts all the means of energy which could have contributed to the establishment of flourishing industries; he would devastate those lands which could have seen green crops grow and provide the general population with abundant food. The minds of men during war remain clouded by a feeling of insecurity and danger and no constructive thought can ever have the chance to flourish. Mankind sees the worst of human nature in war, except for a certain heroism and exceptional valor on the part of some soldiers. The overall loss in the sphere of human nature is far greater than the overall gain.
But when a nation enjoys peace, there are gains all around. The wealth of the nation is saved to be put to good use for the welfare of the people; general well-being projects are launched; art, architecture, literature prosper only during peace. Chandra Gupta Maurya was a great warrior and could even face the forces of the great conqueror, Alexander the Great, but could not have the great intellectual gems at his court like the Chandra Gupta Vikramaditya of the Gupta dynasty might have had. It is only because the Gupta period saw a reign of peace and the minds of men found the appropriate atmosphere to flourish and think. So long that Akbar continued to fight for a long period of his reign; nothing could be achieved but when peace reigned thereafter during his reign, he built the fort of Agra, the Fatehpur Sikri and he had in his court the great intellectuals and the great thinkers and it was the golden period of his reign.
Could the Taj Mahal have been built by Shah Jahan if he had remained engaged in the war? The Elizabethan age only became the golden age of literature when peace reigned after the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The English established their hold beyond their territories and when all wars were over the Victorian era saw peace prevail and science, industry, “treasury, democracy – there was development. global on all fronts of English history. A state of peace puts the mind of the common man at peace. It is such a mind that can think new thoughts, plan new projects, discover the unknown, and invent for the well-being of people.
Philosophy, art, literature – these are the permanent treasurers of human civilization – can only prosper and flourish when the mind is fearless, when the lowest instincts of hatred, jealousy, discord are eliminated from the human mind.
What is more precious and lasting: the victories of war or the victories of peace? – May the most sane minds everywhere in the world think, plan and act. This very world can turn into a paradise if peace prevails, but that should be the general perception – not just the perception but the action based on it.
(From the RK archives)