For me the other name of energy is youth. Evidently, youth is the biggest and powerful asset of any state. Any society in the world is highly identified by its youth. It is rightly said that progress of any nation depends upon its youth and they are able to change the worse condition of a nation. To have a prosper nation, we need to change the direction of the youth in the way of state’s progress.
Pakistan emerged in the global map on 14th August, 1947 as an independent state. The struggle and efforts of Muhammad Ali Jinnah paved the wave for a separate state. He emphasized unwavering trust in young generation and said “Pakistan is proud of her youth, particularly the students, who are nation builders of tomorrow. They must fully equip themselves by discipline, education, and training for the arduous task lying ahead of them.” Further, he stated and motivated Pakistani leadership to invest as much as in youth for better Pakistan tomorrow. Unfortunately, he didn’t live much to give direction to the youth of Pakistan, and yet, the country fell into the realm of dictatorship and chaos.
It is very sad to see today that Pakistani youth are facing daunting challenges primitive to social, economic and political sphere. Pakistan has a huge youth population. An estimated 103 million or 63 per cent of the population fall under the age of 25 years. Due to endemic poverty, the majority of youth in Pakistan do not have the opportunity to experience a childhood. Male youth literacy rate is estimated to be 53 per cent and female youth literacy rate is even lower at 42 per cent, while 15 per cent of the youth is unemployed. It is the negligence of our government not to stabilize the ongoing crisis of the country and introduce strategies to allow youth participate in the progress of a nation.
The youth in Pakistan has the ability and potential to overcome the ills in the development of the state. The significant “virus” which lagged youth behind in the development structure is state’s formation of extractive political and economic institutions. According to, Turkish-American economist Daron Acemoglu from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and British political scientist James A. Robinson from the University of Chicago stated that “Extractive institutions are one which satisfies the malign interest of the individual by obtaining unlawful resources of a nation, without investing on its development”. Sadly, these institutional monsters are eating our youth slowly and gradually as well as our resources.
Off course, further all such institutions fail to patronize youth towards the development of a prosper nation. Due to lack of support our youth has been trapped into the culture marked by violence, intoxication, isolation, depression, female anxiety, a sense of hopelessness and confusion, and ambiguity concerning about moral issues and the future. All this has given unstable economy, lack of foreign investors, lawlessness of a state and break down of social fabric. Further, the ability of youth to think productively has vanished and continue in seeking short cuts to placate their needs. The skill and educated youth who could afford exceptional education contends to go to Western countries where they can materialize their skill and ability.
It is astonishing for me to see social and culture paradigms in Pakistan divided the society into classes based on status and money. The less privileged young individual is left with no option but to acquaint knowledge that may not be useful to materialize in the market. On the other hand, privileged individual acquires remarkable education and not matter what, they find platform to materialize their knowledge in the market. The former is in very minimal number of youth in Pakistan.
Nevertheless, our youth has the potential and courage to cure all the ills of the society such as poverty, unemployment, disharmony, violation and instability. The virility of youth is remarkable only if given opportunities.
To protect the nation’s destiny, we need to educate our youth at any cost. Education is the weapon that could lead the country towards development and progress. The system of education must be uniform and every individual, irrespective of their gender, should be given equal and fair opportunity to acquire education up until college. Our universities and colleges should cease of becoming degrees distributing machine and focus on skill-oriented education that associates with market and industry. Next, the government needs to create job opportunities through new industries and investments in the country. This will elevate monetary relief in the youth and advance them to progress in the development of the nation.
Growing use of narcotics is a major problem in youth. Government needs to enact comprehensive and strict base regulation to ban all harmful narcotics that damages the youth. Also, the state needs to harness its youth by investing on research and development programs that would help to innovative distinctive product and service, which leeway towards the progress of a nation. Youth should be given lessons on maintaining discipline, participate with dignity at work and tolerance which will inevitably build vigor nation. This could be achieved through media campaigning and fostering of youth to participate with exuberant to show the power of youth.
History of the world shows that whether there was good or bad revolution, it was caused by young people of respective nation. Older men declare war, it was youth that fought and die. For example, French Revolution, Turkish Revolution, Chinese Revolution as well as American Revolution. With this regard, Pakistan’s foundation was a great revolution. The foundation of a nation is its youth and we cannot always cannot build future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. I just want to repeat the three words that Chaudhry Rehmat Ali said in 1932 “NOW or NEVER”.