Set an Example of What Youth Can Do
“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 other. Remember, there has been a revolutionary change. It is our own Government. We are a free, independent and sovereign State. Let us behave and regulate our affairs as free men; we are not suppressed and oppressed under the regime of foreign domination; we have broken these chains, we have thrown off these shackles. My young friends, I look forward to you as the real makers of Pakistan, do not be exploited and do not be misled. Create amongst yourselves complete unity and solidarity. Set an example of what youth can do. Your main occupation should be --- in fairness to yourself, in fairness to your parents, in fairness to the State --- to devote your attention to your studies. If you fritter away your energies now, you will always regret. After you leave the portals of your universities and colleges then you can play your part freely and help yourself and the State.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: National Consolidation - speech at a public meeting in Dacca
The revolutionary change of achieving independence and self-governance as free men -- empowers us with the liberating force of defining and building Pakistan out of our own concept. We shall do so notwithstanding resistance from nepotistic political dynasties, the military establishment, Islamic clergy and any foreign pressure.
The Pakistani youth is talented, capable, resilient, dignified and intelligent enough to fulfil Pakistan’s grand vision of propelling the global pinnacle of justice, equality and liberty to newer heights.
The future is the youth and for this reason, the real responsibility of making and building Pakistan - as Mr. Jinnah has rightly pointed out - lies with the youth.
To complete this responsibility - the youth must:
Not be Exploited: Be on guard and not allow itself to be exploited by any political party. This can be successfully done by demanding and creating a culture of transparency, radical truth and supremacy of facts over speculation.
United: Create complete unity and solidarity. To achieve this -- 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.
Fairness: Be fair to yourself, to your parents, to your local community and to your state. Serve each loyally, faithfully and honestly.
Education: Devote yourself to your studies first. This is mission-critical because Pakistan’s economic and social progress lies in the education of its youth. To combat climate change, propel the national economy in the information age, boost employment and create a fact-based culture rooted in critical thinking -- we cannot discount the incredible importance and weight of having an extremely educated youth. Educating yourself, as defined by Jinnah, is your first duty.
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