Thursday, August 5, 2010
Due to Mr. Jinnah’s demise and Late Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan’s murder in the early days, the orphaned country began its long voyage going through the severe political turbulance containing artificial tidal currents, rugged terrain, constitutional usurption and what not. The baby country started with almost nil resources. Yet, despite the incapacitated leadership, the nation carried on with meager resources including the poor training, dis-organization and inadequate guidance.
Nevertheless, the country’s intelligentsia and the youth always looked for direction. Certainly, the youth of today are the future assets; there is a great need of proper care of this precious treasure. In reality, the future of a country depends upon the youth of today. Indeed, they are in need of right direction at the right time which is “now or never.” This is so worrisome that in today’s rapidly changing environment, the pace of life has become faster leaving little time for caring and nurturing. Encouraging the youth to care about the world in which they live--is actually needed the most. Such an encouragement cannot be over-emphasized as the youth of today are the adults of tomorrow; therefore, they deserve the role models around them beyond any doubt.
Indeed, instilling philanthropic ideals and goals into the younger people would mean a lot to them, as they grow up realizing that they can make a real difference toward what is happening in the world. As we need a brand new generation of caring people, we must train these ‘youths of today’ to respond to a problem with positive attitude resulting in happy outcome. Quite surely, they can develop their own ability of problem solving, but only if they are properly guided when they are young. They need to be educated enough to understand the injustice of poverty, famine, terrorism, corruption and disaster, so that they can learn to play their role in addressing the difficulties.
Positive role models could be the key to success. It is so important for young workers to follow the role models and become great leaders when they grow up as adults. We must realize the importance of youth development. If the proper steps are taken, maybe this generation of youth will become a new breed of leaders that can handle the constantly changing world around them.
It is worth mentioning that the people of Pakistan including the youth must be thankful to Allama Iqbal, who persuaded Mr. Jinnah in 1934 to return from England and lead the Muslims of the Indian Sub-continent in their struggle to create Pakistan. Throughout his writings, he laid great emphasis on humanity’s creative capability. He was interested in the political and spiritual revival of Islamic civilization across the world, but specifically in South Asia; a series of famous lectures he delivered to this effect, were published as presidential address. He worked closely with Mr. Jinnah; is known as Muffakir-e-Pakistan, Shair-e-Mashriq and Hakeem-ul-Ummat, and is officially recognized as the national poet of Pakistan.
Indeed, the ever-inspiring Iqbal’s poetry is full of freshness containing a golden message. His God-gifted ability to transform complex feelings into rhyming words and phrases is well known. He stresses the role of the youth in Saqi Nama, saying that the young people are full of passion and new ideas, suggesting that the outdated rituals should not stop them from exploring new horizons. He didn’t mean a moral degeneration among the youths on the pretext of ultra modern fashions encouraged by the Musharraf’s notion of “Enlightened Moderation.”
The youth may benefit from the philosophy of Dr. Allama Iqbal, a lawyer and a poet who concentrated on writing on history, politics, economics, philosophy and religion. Asrar-e-Khudi, Rumuz-e-Bekhudi, Bang-e-Dara are some of his poetic works. His poetry has philosophical depth, passion, force and eloquence. (Khudi ko ker buland itna ke her taqdeer se pahle Khuda bande se khud pooche bata teri raza kiya hai• In “Rumz-e-Bekhudi”, he is addressing the Ummah about an ideal community based on Islamic social and ethical value. “Payam-e-Mashriq” is a reminder to the west about the importance of spirituality, morality and religion. In ‘Zabur-e-Ajam’ he denounces slavery and reminds on remembering the past, excelling the present and preparing for the future. Javed Nama is addressed to his own son and other young people at large arguing that “Muslim traitors” were responsible for many British victories in the Indian subcontinent leading to enslaving. His other Persian works are Pas Chih Bayad Kard and Armaghan-e-Hijaz. All Pakistanis including the youths must understand and benefit from the philosophy of Allama Iqbal, who taught self-reliance and true sovereignty instead of relying on foreign assistance.
And, Mr. Jinnah’s golden sayings give direction to the nation as well. He said to the youths, “Prepare for the future, “You have to take up the reins of the country to steer the nation to the goal of a progressive and prosperous Pakistan.”
Although, corruption remains the headlines, it is not-- the only disease that ails the public sector. Unfortunately, there are other factors such as climate change, de-forestation, and defective planning by the governments over the years. Therefore, as the youths of today are the adults of tomorrow, they must be trained and prepared accordingly to properly evaluate the facts & figures for accurate balancing essential for the long awaited prosperity.
Sadly speaking, Pakistani politicians are to be mainly blamed for their 'non serious attitude' towards helping 180 million nationals through building dams to avoid future disasters. Of course, there are other issues related to security, energy and development projects and deficit-reduction through sticking to available resources. Corrupt elite sitting in our assemblies with fake degrees is a curse too-- needing a prompt corrective action, but dispensing justice is only possible if there is a regard for supremacy of constitution, rule of law and of course an independent judiciary.
It is safely concluded that the ongoing damaged writ of the State needs a quick fix up. Certainly, it is about time to launch a "peaceful national movement" against the plunderers of country's wealth and the corrupt politicians who possess undisclosed assets, foreign accounts, evade taxes and have capital outside the country. The loot has to be brought back to Pakistan urgently so that Jinnah’s country could enjoy self respect, peace, prosperity and high rank among the global nations as envisioned by Allama Iqbal the great.
The writer is an indepedent analyst based in Canada