Who are these beggars?

Today as I was solving a problem on integration, I suddenly thought about beggars. Strange, isn’t it? There is no connection between integration and beggars. Hold on! letters ‘g’,’e’,’r’ and ‘a’ have appeared in both the words. Anyways that is immaterial. But it’s a question for all of us to think, who are these ‘beggars’?

I looked into the dictionary and it said, ‘ask for or live on alms or a penniless person’. ‘Begging is the practice of imploring others to grant a favor, often a gift of money, with little or no expectation of reciprocation. Beggars may be found in public places such as transport routes, urban parks, and near busy markets. Besides money, they may also ask for food, drink, cigarettes or other small items’, says Wikipedia.

But according to me, beggars are the ones who cannot lead their life on their own will. Thus, unfortunately, they depend on others.

It is a common scene for us that many people sit on either side of the footpath outside the temple begging. I wonder why do they do so! They have sufficient energy, strong arms, and legs…yet they don’t work. A few days before, I had been with my father to a hotel which is owned by one of my father’s friends. We had been there after a period of two years. We found a board showing ‘self-service’. On asking he told us there were no waiters now.

He also admitted that he was ready to pay quite a good amount with which a person can survive easily but nobody was willing to work. On the other side, I saw a picture in which a young boy who had lost his both hands but was contributing to the ‘Swach Bharat’ mission. When can a young kid contribute his best then why can’t an adult, mature person strive hard?

It is sad to see that most of the people who beg are strong enough. They can do any sort of work like constructions, sweeping etc. There is no shortage of opportunities today. But nobody wants to put in efforts.

Now, I guess you must be thinking why is she telling all this to me because probably a beggar won’t read this article. But my humble request to each one of you is to help only those people who need it. There is a known English proverb which goes ‘God helps them only who help themselves’. If we help those who have the potential of leading life on their own, then they will never realize this, instead, they will continue the same.

Hence, I wish in the future there will be a scene where only old aged, handicapped people will be asking for alms and those who can readily help them.       

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