Discipline & Unity
“Many of you have come to the end of your scholastic career and stand at the threshold of life. Unlike your predecessors, you, fortunately, leave this University to enter life under a sovereign, independent State of your own. It is necessary that you and your other fellow students fully understand the implications of the revolutionary change that took place on the birth of Pakistan. We have broken the shackles of slavery, we are now a free people. Our State is our own State. Our Government is our own Government of the people, responsible to the people of the State and working for the good of the State. Freedom, however, does not mean license. It does not mean that you can now behave just as you please and do what you like irrespective of the interests of other people or of the State. A great responsibility rests on you and, on the contrary, now more than ever, it is necessary for us to work as a united and disciplined nation. ”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: The Role of Students in Nation Building
- Context: Speech at the Dacca University Convocation
The revolutionary change of achieving independence and self-governance as free individuals -- empowers us with the liberating force of defining and building Pakistan out of our own concept.
Let’s take a moment to reflect that we are not born in an era where grave and momentous political decisions affecting our lives and destiny were made by a foreign power. Mr. Jinnah’s freedom struggle empowered us to be masters of our own fate.
But let us be cognizant that the gift of freedom, justice and equality are not received from a state or a leader but a possession to be won every day by the effort of each and union of all.
For this reason - we must continue our freedom struggle to able to build a strong and prosperous Pakistan that upholds our lofty ideals of justice and ushers in rapid economic & social progress in the face of resistance from nepotistic political dynasties, the military establishment, Islamic clergy and any foreign pressure.
At the same time - we must appreciate that that freedom is not absolute and does not provide us license to behave in an irresponsible way that harms our local communities, environment and nation at large.
After achieving an independent state through unimaginable sacrifice and suffering -- it’s now more important than ever to be united in our mission for Pakistan’s progress. To do so we must we must defeat all forms of provincialism and sectionalism. The basis of unity is our nationality as we are all equal and dignified Pakistanis regardless of any differences in form.
Further, we must be disciplined and create order in society. We must overcome raw impulses and unchecked religious sentiments and govern our raw passions by restraint, willpower, and reason. Let us remember that what we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are: and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.
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