The Role of Youth in National Building and Progress
“Youth is the spirit of adventure and awakening. It is a time of physical emerging when the body attains the vigor and good health that may ignore the caution of temperance. Youth is a period of timelessness when the horizons of age seem too distant to be noticed.” Ezra Taft Benson
‘Youth’ defines the group of individual between childhood and adulthood in a state, a nation, or a country. Though there are differences between the definitions of ‘youth’ across the globe. Likewise United Nations (UN)-an international organization- defines Youth as an age group from fifteen to twenty-four, while some nations have dragged the limit to even forty. Furthermore, for some intellectuals the word ‘Youth’ represents the new, and sometimes novice too, people in departments or organization, or the injection of new faces irrespective of their ages. But this definition has many critics to get overall public disclosure. Disregarding all this, youth is rendering their services to their families, society and nation and is considered as the driving force in the current course, and in shaping destination of a nation. So the role of youth is unavoidable in national building and prosperity. “The youth is the hope of our future.” Jose Rizal Going through the annals of history, one does not have to look far behind the division of subcontinent to witness the role of youth in nation making. Talking about Pakistan side, it was a result of relentless and unceasingly efforts Muslim student federation (MSF) of its part, notably for Islamia College and Agha khan university, that the nation in the abyss of despair and frustration turned into an electrifying and energetic nation, a nation with implacable determination to achieve their separate motherland . These young students shoulder the responsibility for spreading the notion of freedom to every nook and cranny even the far off areas at the expense of their vacations. Students rendered valuable service in disseminating the message of freedom and separate homeland on the doorsteps of every Muslim. Although there are cynics who believe that students should not participate in politics. But one does not have to belabor the point that in case of dire need or crisis, as in freedom or other social reform movements, it is imperative for young lot to lead the way in practical field, to muster as much support as the can for their cause; instead to staying back and waiting for things to happen on its own. The recent upheavals in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen, known as ‘Arab Spring’, were also the result of public uprising against autocratic government with youth among the leading actors of the movement. On both occasion- Pakistan freedom and Arab Spring- it is pertinent to mention that the youth wing was more pervasive in running the movements while senior leaders pull the strings from behind i.e. via speeches and dictations to their young workers to maneuver the things to their advantage. So the youth proves much needed impetus and punch to achieve a nation the precious goals which have everlasting effects on its course onwards. Our founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and National poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal had high hope from our youth. Iqbal gave the message of self-esteem and devotion to the youth through his poetry, and convince the nation that Islam is panacea of all social ailments of Muslims while Quaid gave the directives and guidance about how to implement these teachings pragmatically in one’s life. The prime responsibility of the youth is to seek education so that they can serve their nation as a better citizen in the future and can easily adjust in the running economy of the country. On this note, the onus to provide youth with modern world education falls on the parents and government...
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