Begging is always a crime—whether it is begging for freedom, begging for jobs or begging for money. The beggar is the man who has acknowledged defeat at the hands of destiny in the struggle for existence. He is a weakling and a coward. He deserves not pity but contempt. In time, we realised the futility of the begging attitude and learnt that by struggle alone we could obtain freedom.Our begging for service is met with like contempt by a employer. We are made to feel that governments must be forced to solve unemployment under active pressure. And when we treat the beggar in the street in the same spirit of contempt, it will also cure him of the habit of begging and utter reliance on others.Of course, all this refers to the able-bodied beggars, who demand alms in the name of religion or God. It was an evil day for our country when begging implies religious salvation. No man has a right to beg who has the ability to earn his livelihood by the sweat of his brow.
Poverty may be known as a state symbol in less developed countries. Laster R. Brown in his book 'World Without Borders' explains poverty thus; "Unfortunately it is not an economic abstraction, it is a human condition. It is despair, grief and pain. It is the despair of a father with a family of seven children in a poor country when he joins the, swelling ranks of unemployed with no prospects of unemployment compensation. Poverty is the longing of a young boy playing outside a village school but unable to enter because his parents lack a few rupees needed to buy text books. Poverty is the grief of parents watching a three year old child die of a routine childhood disease because they cannot afford any medical care." This is the grim, spectacle of poverty. India is a poor country. We can see easily this picture of uneducated, hungry and poverty stricken people also in India. Mass poverty is one of the important characteristics of the Indian economy. In India, due to abject poverty about half of our population lead a miserable life.By poverty we generally mean a situation in which a person fails 10 earn income sufficient to purchase his bare means of subsistence. A poor man is one who does not have command over the basic needs of life like enough food, clothing, drinking water and shelter on the material level. On the nonmaterial level a poor man is deprived of basic social needs like health and education.