Consider the pitiable plight and condition of the people in
Europe where war is raging on. Consider especially the
refugees, who have left their homes and were driven like
cattle from place to place, to save their lives from the
conquering hordes, who were following them like shadows
of death. In their condition, even the necessities of life, like
food and drink, were considered secondary. They are
homeless, without a roof over their heads, thrown into open
streets or fields, starving, with nothing to cover themselves,
except what they have on their person.
Compared to them,
people in India are far better off! In spite of the dreadful news
of war every day, and the economic and general trade
depression that the war has brought on all, and the consequent
financial stringencies all over, people in India can move about
at will and leisurely, even going out for recreation in the open
gardens or seashore, and entertain themselves by going to the
movies, or to music and dance halls.
After August of this year, conditions will worsen.
Developments in the war will take a serious turn, become
complicated, and the flames will spread far and wide until the
war will embrace, not only the whole of the West but also the
Besides, a time will come when people will even forget
the war, and the terrible destruction it has caused in life and
property, for there will be further disasters, more voracious in
their destructive power like plagues and pestilences, fire
and famine, floods and earthquakes of immense magnitude and
force all of which will take more toll of life and property than
machine guns and bombs. Then, too, civil wars will complicate
the political situations among nations, and make things even
more chaotic, until it will create a deadlock.
Even millionaires will be starving for food! There will be chaos
everywhere and all will be helpless.