The Language of War

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                 “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself because thy neighbour is thyself; God is in both thee and thy neighbour…”

            Love and empathy are the last words a soldier would think when he enters a war field. Is it necessary to kill a person even though he is harmless? We have seen many wars which had a shocking history of mass genocide. War is a state of armed conflict between countries or between various groups within a country. In war, certain number of people who volunteered and skilled in combat fight against their equal opponents for a genuine cause. These people represent their own community. In ancient days, when there was a war between kingdoms or a group they must follow certain ethics of war. These ethics contained humanism in it. There were various dharmas that were followed by the soldiers before, during and after the war.

Vedas and Puraanas talk about the ways in which a war should take place. According to them a war should take place between the sunrise and sunset. Except the specified time no one is allowed to step out of their camp or attack their enemy. A single warrior should not be attacked by more than one warrior. The warriors who are equal,  i.e. who has same weapons and ride can duel. And the most important aspect of a war is the prisoner of war(PoW)  should be treated with respect and should not be harmed any further. Farmers, women and children should not be harmed in the war. In Ramayana and Mahabharata, war was fought for righteousness in right ways. In the present days, we cannot find any righteousness in the wars but hatred and greed. These two things are killing millions of innocents across the globe. Though there exist many treaties and conventions, still genocide continues without any feasible reasons.

The Geneva Conventions of 1949, after the world war have a set of conventions signed by dignitaries belonging to various countries around the world. The various conventions designed the art of war and how PoW should be treated. This conventions still exists. The 1949 Geneva Convention III states: “Illegal and harmful course of military operations or in occupied territories that are against the conventions stated, shall be considered criminal.” Despite the laws and justices of the country, terrorism prevails in the different parts of it for land and wealth. Terrorists have managed to destroy the peace of the nations in all possible harmful and  violent ways. The laws of war in ancient India with regard to occupied territory were more humane and broader than those of international humanitarian law today. Lord Krishna, in Bhaghavat Githa, says that war is justified only when it is meant to fight injustice, not for the purpose of terrorizing people or greediness.

The world will be at peace only when a common man can walk in streets with peace and humanity. War is not going to bring any crown to the any heads involved. Instead peace is the treasure of the nation. A country at peace and rest without war is a developed nation which also the vision of Mahatma Gandhi. Also a war is not the only solution to restore peace. In today’s digital world there is no time for anyone to think about it. We should know, a five minutes of self-analyzing can transform the world around you. If a war can change fifty ways of our living then peace can change thousands. Bringing peace and saving righteousness of the society are most important promises that each and everyone must take from their birth. Little changes can change a humongous sore in humanity. Though war is multilingual, it speaks through violence at the expense of humanity. Its our responsibility to silence it forever for the betterment of our children.

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