Lisa Hobbs, who last year reported on what she saw in Red China, now records her search in India for ""a vital fire that will bring (India) through the coming horrors of the next decades intact and a free country."" Here is a voice raised in anguish over what she found (""To compare the Chinese masses with the Indian masses is to forgive Communism a great deal."") She visited the burning ghats by the Ganges, watched the devotees of Kali, spoke with missionaries and officials and peasants. Everywhere she found the tragedy of human want, of backwardness in spite of educational and health programs battling the poverty which has ""a life, a force of its own, dominating every aspect of Indian life."" Heartsick, she at last discovered Mandal, and Father Ferrer, who approaches villages with a twin bill of economic common sense and spiritual brotherhood that sparks the will to resist ""necessary to save India."" It is a pitifully small hope to hold up against the cumulative despair over India's future; the keening of the title is more indicative of the book's contents.