Beggars are a very common sight in India. They can be seen in the bazaars, on the roadside, in the market places, outside cinema halls, at railway stations and at bus stops. The number of beggars is always on the increase. Some take to begging because they are very poor. Some are unemployed. Some beggars are professional beggars. They find begging a very easy way of getting money. Some beggars are handicapped and physically deformed. Some ‘sadhus’ are also beggars. The Indian beggar is an object of pity. Begging is also a blot on the name of India. Begging should be banned by law. Able-bodied beggars should be absorbed in suitable jobs in industries and factories.