Is youth following Quaid’s vision??
Today marks the 137th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan and the most iconic leader Pakistan’s history has witnessed.
I sometimes wonder what the youth would have shaped up if the Quaid-e-Azam would still be alive with us. Although we all claim that we should follow the visions of our leaders who helped us achieve a separate nation of our own. Then the following speech comes into mind
“My young friends, students who are present here, let me tell you as one who has always had love and affection for you, who has served you for ten years faithfully and loyally, let me give you this word of warning: you will be making the greatest mistake if you allow yourself to be exploited by one political party or another…. Your main occupation should be â€” in fairness to yourself, in fairness to your parents, in fairness to the state – to devote your attention to your studies.”
This statement clearly reflects that which kind of youth Quaid-e-Azam wanted us to be. Sadly, the youth has deviated from the visions and principles of Mr. Jinnah.
After the death of Quaid-e-Azam, we have not yet seen a leader who has solved all the problems and confusion of the youth. Our youth is living in a dangerous frame of mind even with the most dangerous state affairs. With problems like sectarianism, terrorism, un-employment and inflation looming large at our heads, we see our youth being terribly mobilized and utilized by religious groups.
If we take a look at the speech of Quaid-e-Azam, he clearly advised the young generation to pursue their studies rather enrolling themselves in different student wings that were not in the favor of the country. Today, we see student wings of different political parties functioning across the country. These students are used to carry out political work even during the exams and lectures depriving them from the education and the future they deserve. If we take for example Karachi University, they have proper recruiting agents in the university who enroll the students in their groups.
Our youth is one of the most important assets of the country. If Quaid-e-Azam was alive today our youth would have had a proper understanding of the issues. He would have properly guided the young generations and would have made all efforts to eradicate the issues circling our problems.
The recent protests by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are an example of my point here. When the Bat-Man Imran Khan started his electoral campaign, lots of students joined the party in the support of the leader. Had Imran Khan guided the youth with accord to Quaid’s vision the youth would have been the productive part of the system like becoming part of healthcare campaigns and educational drives instead of coming out on the streets and protesting on issues such as NATO supplies.
Have we followed Quaid’s advice? I say that sadly we haven’t. Pakistan’s youth is mostly seen on the streets performing dangerous stunts of motorcycles and working in different political groups involved in target killings and other criminal activities instead of acquiring an education. The youth has deviated from the teachings of our leaders.
It is utmost important for the youth to follow the footsteps of Quaid-e-Azam. His speeches and quotes should be made a role model for the youngsters of the countries as to make the nation progress. After all, the advice and the teachings of our leaders is the true reflection of what we are as a nation.