A letter to the youth of Pakistan

Usama Khilji, a young activist from Islamabad addresses his contemporaries in Pakistan
Dear Young Pakistani!
I understand how these times are testing of your patriotism, but let me tell you how these times are actually a golden opportunity for you to prove your worth, your love for the country, and desire for a better future.

You must have been hearing a lot about how Pakistani society has degenerated into moral chaos, how we as a nation are worthless ‘cockroaches’, and how we as a nation are deserving of calamities such as the catastrophic flood. These are all baseless generalizations that you as the youth should take up as challenges, and rather than accepting such fatalism, prove them wrong instead.

For those of you who were disheartened by the beating to death of two brothers in Sialkot by a mob, don’t be disheartened. Use this event to realize the importance of justice, the importance of rule of law. Many of you went out on the roads of different cities of Pakistan demanding justice to the deceased brothers. Excellent. Be involved. Stand up and question any wrong that you see happening around you. Refuse to consent to injustice; otherwise you are one of the spectators of the mob-justice scene in Sialkot.
Many young hearts felt for the Ahmadi community when they were attacked while praying earlier this year. More hearts clenched upon hearing of mistreatment of the corpse of a patriotic non-Muslim young man. Many of you are still haunted by the killings of Christians in Gojra last year. Take these opportunities to promise yourself to protect, respect, and treat equally all humans, and all Pakistani citizens, regardless of their personal beliefs, faith, or way of life.
In his speech at the Dhaka University in 1948, Jinnah said: “Freedom which we have achieved does not mean licence. It does not mean that you can behave as you please and do what you like irrespective of the interest of other people or of the state. A great responsibility rests on you and now more than ever, it is necessary for us to work as a united, disciplined nation. What is required of us all is a constructive spirit and not a militant spirit. It is far more difficult to construct than to have a militant spirit. It is easier to go to jail or fight for freedom than to run a government. Thwarted in their desire to prevent the establishment of Pakistan, our enemies turned their attention to finding ways to weaken and destroy us but they have been disappointed. Not only has Pakistan survived the shock of the upheaval but it has emerged stronger and better equipped than ever.”
For those of you who are disappointed in some in the Pakistani cricket team. Don’t be disappointed. Make a promise to yourself not to be involved in bribery, in fixing, in betting. If you play cricket, take this opportunity to prove yourself as an honest and dedicated sportsman. Play the game according to the rules, and be the pride of the nation. You should also realize that the Pakistani cricket team hasn’t gone wrong; just a few individuals that are part of it might have.
Many of you have given up hope in the Government of Pakistan after hearing of corruption charges and inadequate response to help flood survivors. Don’t give up hope. The Government runs on the taxes each one of you pay in one way or the other. Demand better performance of the Government. Aspire to join the civil services. Aspire to become a politician. If you will not take a stand, if you will not work to remedy wrongs, then nobody will. Feel the thrill of being the first to oppose dishonesty, corruption, and indiscipline. Call up the civil authorities when you see street lights on during the day. Request shop owners to use minimal electricity. Ask those over taking you in queues to respect everyone’s patience. Nobody can or should go against you when you stand for what is right.
Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a message to the All Pakistan Educational Conference in Karachi on November 27, 1948, said: “What we have to do is to mobilise our people and build up the character of our future generation. In short, this means the highest sense of honour, integrity, selfless service to the nation and sense of responsibility, and we have to see that our people are fully qualified and equipped to play their part in the various branches of economic life in a manner which will do honour to Pakistan.”
Avoid talking negative of others. Instead, spread positive energy; something that will multiply to benefit everyone.
Don’t believe everything you hear until you’re sure. Don’t get bogged down by the media’s portrayal of your country. Everything is what you make of it. Be objective in your observation. Consider yourself lucky to have a media that informs you of unfortunate incidents. Be glad that you have a judiciary that takes a stand against injustice.
You have to realize that issues amongst people arise in all corners of the world, not just Pakistan. There are bad people in every country, not just in Pakistan. Therefore, you need to be smart and treat these issues as human issues, not national. But on a national level, you must push for policies that regulate all individuals better, for the benefit of each citizen of Pakistan.
Finally, as a Pakistani, always remember three core values: unity, faith, and discipline.

Usama Khilji is a writer, debater, and social activist based in Islamabad. He is the Membership and Mentoring leader of Future Leaders of Pakistan.

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55 responses to “A letter to the youth of Pakistan

  1. Munzir Naqvi

    Thank you For your heart touching letter to the youth. I wish other adults took the time to reach out to the youth to give the youth courage, confidence and self-esteem.

    Political parties take the youth for granted, adults don’t trust to give the youth leadership positions, and sadly, when the youth speak of change and wanting to be the change in Pakistan Politics, the elder divert the attention of the youth away from Political Institutions. Change must come, change will come. Be Positive, Be Confident, and Be Optimistic.

    Thank you Mr. Khilji!

  2. “Aspire to become a politician”

    My advice to Pakistani and Indian youths :

    Form progressive STUDENT UNIONS and “struggle while you learn”!!

    Fight for justice , equality , tolerance , secularism on the STREETS not merely in blogs and internet discussion forums!!!

    Students can play a major role in shaking up the status quo !!!

  3. Mustafa Shaban

    Very well written Usama!! Indeed these are the best of times and the worst of times. This is the opportunity for us to correct ourselves then prove ourselves!!

  4. Maham

    i’m inspired

  5. Amna Zaman

    I repeat again and again. The youth of the country constitutes more than eighty percent of the population. If moderate views can be promoted within the youth, then we have a better chance of defeating terrorism.

  6. Prasad

    Indian Pundit //Fight for justice , equality , tolerance , secularism on the STREETS not merely in blogs and internet discussion forums!!!//

    Punditji not sure how much you have come on the streets and gone straight to the police station. Change is not brought about by street fights but by education. It may take about 2 decades, but so long as there is a quest for education employability automatically gets created and hence many anarchy oriented issues get resolved.

    At the end of the day it is only lack of employability and lack of earning that creates issues that results in match fixing, bribery, terrorism etc

    what will a frustrated youth do at the end of the day?

  7. @Prasad
    //Change is not brought about by street fights but by education.//

    And how will u ensure right type of education is imparted?And how will you fight the right-wing distortions of education?

    They have the muscle power and street power……they can control everything including education!

    Fight where it needs to be fought!

    As i wrote in my previous comment:-
    “”Form progressive STUDENT UNIONS and “struggle while you learn”!! “”

    Historically Change has always been brought by street fights!

  8. Shahid

    Allahu….Mr. Usama Khilji I am sure you are not fasting and certainly you are getting pocketchange from RAW. That explains your love for Ahmedis and your non Islamic filth to populate the youth. We are not idol worshiping morons to have cold blood..we are hot blooded islamists and dont try to make our blood cold.

  9. I am pleased to read the wisdom of our youth and how they see the problems being faced by Pakistan and how so brilliantly they encourage others not to ge tdistracted from what happens around us.

    Thank you, Usama.

  10. Kee Janain mein kaun

    @ shahid
    “We are not idol worshiping morons to have cold blood..we are hot blooded islamists and dont try to make our blood cold”

    The Sialkot lynching must have made your islamist hot blood boil with ecstasy ..

    You just don’t get it, do you? Even the deluge of biblical proportion is not enough to cool your blood a couple of notches to impart some humility and fear in you. This is how solidly sealed your heart is.

    God have mercy on you …

  11. Tilsim

    God knows what crede this Shahid belongs to. Can’t take it as read that he is who he is purporting himself to be.

  12. Shahid

    @Kee Janain mein kaun
    Aap RAW ke payroll pe hain kya janab ya Indian hain?

  13. Sarfaraz

    First came terrorist accusation. it was found to be false. then came floods. it was due to india’s terrorist activities (refer HAARP on internet), even then they are offering money to pakistan. we should not take this money after conspiracy. then came cricket betting scam. how can all these come together. obviously all three are conspiracy against islam and pakistan. video evidence is not good enough for us.

  14. @Shahid
    @Sarfaraz

    As a patriotic Indian, I thank you both from the bottom of my heart. In recent days, a flood of stupid and mean Indian posters had disgraced us and made our heads hang with shame. Their behaviour was such a coarse and repulsive contrast to the civilised behaviour of Pakistani posters and commenters that it was difficult to find words to curb them.

    You have saved the situation. As long as we are able to dig out a couple of animals like you from among Pakistanis, I no longer fear for my sanity, and do not feel embarrassment about my beloved country. You, and only you, can be the fit answer to those two legged animals from the Indian side of the border. In all that you have said, the reek of a barbaric and uncivilised mind with its characteristic gutter contents are clear and evident.

    Bless you for rescuing us from our humiliation. Please keep up the good work, and continue to receive our blessings.

  15. androidguy

    @Sarfaraz,

    Yaar you are so right. I wonder how all the others can’t see through this clear cut attempt at maligning Pakistan and Islam. Video evidence is not good enough for us. Only Allah has to come down on earth and tell us, then maybe we will believe, but even then if its something bad about Pakistan, we want additional proof, cos you know, we are muslims and muslims cannot do this.

  16. Tilsim

    Sarfaraz, you seem a very frightened person.

  17. i have a simpler, practical advice for our youth … dont follow in the mfhusain (foot-steps) of the present generation of your elders; they – – in a nutshell – – are factually responsible for irresponsibly bankrupting your future and are responsible for messing up the present of pakistan. don’t adopt appeasement, acquiescence and chalta-haey your lodestar and your golden ‘heritage’.

  18. Vijay Goel

    My dear Vajra Sir with all respects In this we are all on our own.I dont identify myself with the Indians about whom you speak nor do most
    Pakistanis identify with Shahid and Sarfaraz. In my view the Indo Pak issue is a very important matter for both our countries and and this is an apt forum where we can air our views without being burdened with our Nationalities. Maybe we can make a difference.

  19. Straight-Talk

    It is very inspirational and moral boosting article….. but I want to point following lines……….

    “Thwarted in their desire to prevent the establishment of Pakistan, our enemies turned their attention to finding ways to weaken and destroy us but they have been disappointed”………….

    Does not you buttress the conspiracy theory which now days is so prevalent in Pakistan and used by Shahid & Sarfaraz type people to justify the present situation which Pakistan finds herself, be it terrorism, flood, cricket fixing and anything wrong happens in Pakistan is the creation and conspired by Mossad-RAW-CIA.

  20. Sarfaraz

    @Tilsim

    I am not afraid of truth because Allah knows everything.

  21. Sol

    @Vijay
    “you speak nor do most Pakistanis identify with Shahid and Sarfaraz.”

    Dear Vijay ,

    Most Pakistanis ( abt 80 %) want exemplary punishments like chopping off hands and stoning to death for criminals. Additionally they want male-female segregation at work places. Indeed Pak Army was only able to convince Pakistanis to fight against TTP by circulating conspiracy theories like TTP are RAW/MOSSAD/CIA agents.

    I am giving you results of a recent PEW Global survey and not talking out of my arse like you are.

    From this data I leave it to you to deduce what their attitude towards India will be.

  22. Vijay Goel

    Sol Sir, My comment comes right after yours so we seem yo be on the same page. Irony or beauty of democracy. Two opposites on the same page. LOL.

  23. @Vijay Goel

    Dear Goel Sahib,

    You must have realised by now that unlike Gorki, no-communal or your good self, I am not a nice person.

    BTW, and this I say with tongue parked firmly in cheek, with which Indians do you NOT identity yourself? The patriotic ones, or the stupid and mean posters, the two-legged animals?

    Enquiring minds want to know.

  24. Tilsim

    @ Sarfraz

    Yes Allah knows everything and human don’t. Humility is therefore a pre-requisite amongst those who seek truth. If you are a Muslim, you should also know the punishment for false accusation.

  25. androidguy

    Tilsim, wellsaid.

  26. Sarfaraz

    @ Tilsim

    ‘you should also know the punishment for false accusation.’.

    Of course I do. But I don’t accuse India without merit. You choose to believe what is written in western pro-india media. I choose to read between the lines and think independently about these things. dont assume that pakistanis create conspiracies out of thin air. besides, they are not conspiracies they are undeniable facts.

  27. Mohammad Murtaza

    @Sarfraz & Vajra: It is these lame statements from Pakistanis, such as the one by Sarfraz, that make me – a staunch supporter of the Two-Nation theory- doubt whether their is any difference at all in Pakistanis and the oppressors who forced us to strive for independence.

    @Usama:
    Well written; good job!
    But I have a bad habit: I can’t help myself correct small mistakes others make! You wrote,
    “Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a message to the All Pakistan Educational Conference in Karachi on November 27, 1948,…”
    Problem: The Quaid died on September 11, 1948

  28. @Mohammad Murtaza

    Please be sure that some of us visitors are able to distinguish between the shades of feeling that are expressed. It would not be accurate to take my elephantine sarcasm addressed to Sarfaraz for his very badly chosen words as a reflection of any section of Indian liberal views.

    We may or may not agree on the Two Nation Theory; my tutorials here have made me conclude that the Two Nation Theory was wrong in being a Two Nation Theory, and what we need is a sub-continental version of a polyvalent ‘national’ theory, which accounts for the reality that we each of us have multiple identities, and that these have greater or lesser valencies, or weights, at different times, under different circumstances and different pressures.

    This can be demonstrated on both sides of the Radcliffe Line, but does not hold true of Bangladesh, which I think is closer to the Western nation-states, with their coherent existence across centuries, and their strongly integral national identity of a single nation infused within a single state. Neither Pakistan nor India can afford to be Bangladesh, therefore both need to get around the polyvalent identities model and learn how to use it to address minority grievances before those become fire-fights.

    I repeat once again – I was so angry at Indian trolls who had swarmed on board that I lashed out at the nearest legitimate target, those two insufferable kids, and am already feeling I overdid it.

    Let it pass, please.

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  30. Usama Khilji

    Prasad and Indian Pundit, I believe one needs a good education in order to know what to fight for on the streets. These two factors are not mutually exclusive as being implied.
    Shahid, I would request you to reconsider the meaning behind my words:
    “Many young hearts felt for the Ahmadi community when they were attacked while praying earlier this year. More hearts clenched upon hearing of mistreatment of the corpse of a patriotic non-Muslim young man. Many of you are still haunted by the killings of Christians in Gojra last year.”
    I am referring to the mistreatment that minorities are subjected to in some cases in our country, and propagating respecting each and every individual and community as human. I find your ‘RAW pocketchange’ comment redundant and uncalled for. You say “we are hot blooded islamists and dont try to make our blood cold.”
    I am not trying to make your blood cold; just encouraging the energy of the hot blood to be diverted to positive result-oriented actions for the betterment of Pakistan.
    SOL, I find the findings of your sources to be unreliable. It is a mammoth challenge to conclude such statistics of such a large population. However, even if the findings are to be true, each Pakistani should do the best he can to promote tolerance, unity, and compassion.
    Muhammad Murtaza, I appreciate your attention to detail My apologies; the date this was said on was November 27, 1947.

    My gratitude to all those who commented for the encouraging words!

  31. humanist

    A case for optimism (courtesy the news)
    Tuesday, August 31, 2010
    Dr Ashfaque H Khan
    Doom, gloom and despair have been spreading fast in Pakistan over the last two or three years. The devastating floods have made the people even more pessimistic about their future. Should there be a cause for such pessimism? Despite our numerous shortcomings, this country has made commendable progress on the economic front over the last 63 years. The 63 years of economic development must be viewed in the background of the initial conditions that Pakistan inherited at the time of independence. The sudden influx of refugees from India created insurmountable problems for the new state which had practically no resources to meet this situation. The migration of Hindu and Sikh communities from Pakistan, who controlled nearly all trade, banking and industry and held most of the senior posts in the administration, nearly paralyzed the economic and administrative machinery.
    There was only one Pakistani-owned bank with its head office located in the areas that comprised Pakistan. Within four months of Partition, 418 out of 631 bank offices had closed down and in another six months the number declined to only 195. Pakistan therefore started with 195 branches in the banking sector. At the time of independence, the Karachi Port was underdeveloped and most of Pakistanís trade was being routed through the Indian ports of Bombay and Calcutta.
    India tried to throttle Pakistan financially at the very outset. It refused to release her allotted share of cash balance of undivided India to the tune of Rs75 crore for running the civil administration of the country. After a long controversy, India released a much smaller amount than Pakistanís legitimate share.
    This was the initial condition of Pakistan at the time of independence. Over the last 63 years, despite numerous odds and shortcomings, it has made commendable success in many fronts. The share of agriculture in GDP was 60 per cent in 1947. Today it contributes 22 per cent and 78 per cent contribution to GDP comes from industry and services.
    Pakistan used to produce four million tons of wheat in 1947 and today we produce 24 million tons. Production of cotton was 1.0 million bales and today we produce close to 14 million bales. We used to produce 10 million tons of sugarcane in 1947 and today we produce 55 million tons.
    The areas comprising Pakistan had little manufacturing industry at the time of independence. Out of 14,569 industrial establishments in British India in 1947, only 1,406 (less than 10 per cent) were located in Pakistan. These industrial establishments consisted mainly of such relatively unimportant units as flour and rice mills and cotton-ginning factories. Today we have several thousand industrial establishments consisting of large industries (steel mills, cement, sugar, textile, fertilizer, chemical, automobile, engineering, defense equipment, electronic items etc.)
    In 1947 there were 177,000 spindles and 4800 power looms. Today we have 9.3 million spindles and three million power looms. Pakistanís textile industry ranks among the top in the world. It is the fourth largest producer of cotton and the third largest consumer of the same in the world. Pakistan used to produce 35,000 tons of sugar and today we produce 3.5 million tons. Pakistan was producing 270,000 tons of cement in 1947 and today we are producing over 20 million tons.
    Today, Pakistan is producing cars, buses, trucks, TV sets, refrigerators, air conditioners etc. We have chemical and petrochemical industries. We are producing all kinds of cooking oil and ghee, iron and steel, paper and paperboards, motorcycles, consumer durables and cosmetics etc. In other words, we have large industrial establishments and are continuously growing.
    India and Pakistan started their journey at the same time but with an uneven playing field, overwhelmingly in favor of India. The average living standard, as measured by per capita income, remained higher in Pakistan until 2007. Indiaís per capita income surpassed Pakistanís after 2007. At the time of independence, Pakistanís per capita income stood at only $70, today it is over $1000 ñ over 14 times higher since 1947. Pakistan inherited weak infrastructure at the time of independence. It inherited 22,000 km of roads and today it has a road network of 259, 197 km.
    Overall, Pakistan has done reasonably well. From an unviable economy at the time of independence it has become a nuclear power and manufacturers of fighter jets. We could have done better given the fact that we had inherited a population which was dedicated, dynamic and hardworking.
    Over the last three years, the country is lurching from one crisis to another. It is giving an impression of a rudderless ship with no sense of direction and purpose. Economy is certainly not on the radar screen of the government. We have seen this country without a finance minister for six months and the State Bank without a governor for two months. Why should we expect a different outcome? Why should we not see doom, gloom and despair around us?
    It is the failure of the political leadership and not the failure of the country and its people. The country can spring back to the pre-2007 period, provided that the leadership changes itself and improve governance. Not in the distant past we saw the economy of Pakistan growing robustly, debt burden declining sharply, poverty reducing to one-half; unemployment declining; foreign investment rising and the country exiting from the IMF programme.
    Pakistan is a great country. Its people are dynamic and hardworking. We can spring back and move forward. We must have faith in our country and be optimistic. In the words of the great P B Shelley: ìif winter comes, can spring be far behind?î I am an optimist. Spring is not far behind.

    The writer is director general and dean at NUST Business School, Islamabad. Email: ahkhan@nbs.edu.pk

  32. Vijay Goel

    @ Vajra I am fully on your side notwithstanding Gurudev’s ‘Ekla Chalo Re’.

  33. Afzal

    In my opinion:

    1. Veena should be arrested immediately and prosecuted for hiding the truth for two years, which would have avoid such a shame to Pakistan

    2. Although our cricketers are named among match fixing, but still they belong to Pakistan and should be respected and all negative comments about them should be censored.

    3. This could be the chain of total work package which included attack on Srilankan Cricket Team in Lahore. A complete conspiracy to wash out Pakistan.

  34. Raju Brother [September 1, 2010 at 4:00 am]

    🙂🙂 Shitttt, my keyboard is all full-a-coffee!

    Doesn’t take much imagination to guess where the rest came from. Nothing you do is without an accompanying bucketload of the yellow stuff, is it?

    Ya Allah Tallah, mujh per reham kar!
    I’m gettin’ outta here!

    Promises, promises, that’s all we get. This has to be the most dramatic and artificial exit in theatrical history since The Winter’s Tale.

    Just curiousity: after you’ve been told you are not welcome, and cordially invited to f*** off, reham and all, what keeps you here? The stomach cramps, which you empty out as posts? Shackles bolted to the ground, to hold you down while huge, black, Nubian mutes flog you every hour on the hour? Ajit’s vat of liquid oxygen?

    Does it make any sense to be told that you fascist funny-men are fascinated by PTH because it is such a reversal of their distorted universe? And as a result of your fascination, they can’t stay away at any cost?

    You losers.😀

  35. @Vijay Goel

    Your round and points to you, I believe.

  36. no-communal

    Afzal
    “This could be the chain of total work package which included attack on Srilankan Cricket Team in Lahore. A complete conspiracy to wash out Pakistan.”

    No, it’s a complete conspiracy to force Pakistan to play soccer instead.

  37. @Raju B.

    There is a lot of positive things one can say about PTH,

    Of course, Raju Baba, but affairs of state, looking after Iraq, worrying about Afghanistan, the Chechen problem, how to defend Amit Shah, real important he-man stuff like that kept you from mentioning much in your stupendously nasty posts.

    but the answer to your dumb question is No! Indians like me are fascinated not by PTH so much, but rather by super-dhimmified s*** like you,

    I wish I could reciprocate. Unfortunately, most Indian liberals would be only too glad if ‘Indians like you’ just stay away. Avoid both PTH and our company; stop following us around.

    I’ve always claimed that Indian flies come here not so much because of Pakistanis, but because of Indian Dhimmi s*** here!

    Tut, tut, your arteries can’t take much more of this, little man.

    You see, we know we are shit; you seem to think we are halwa. Don’t choke now, take small mouthfuls and you’ll be fine.

    Better go out to the nearest Bier Garten and have a beer.

    Imagine how much worse it would be if you had to be as bursting-at-the-seams patriotic as you are and stay in India too.

  38. Vijay Goel

    @ Vajra Now that u seem ok with my credentials it seems u r willing to accept me as a friend. Then no point scoring, no sorry and no, thankyou. Gd Day.

  39. @Raju B

    Regrettably, there are no PTHs on the Indian side – only some promising new start-ups. That’s why the whole smelly, publicity-seeking pack of you happens to be over here.

    Did anyone mention to you that your good character certificates are not required? For a banned time-pass merchant, offering these and withholding these alike is cheeky.

    @Vijay Goel

    I was always OK with your credentials. You and ‘non-communal’ and Gorki belong together, in smocks and high-minded expressions, the good people that the rest of us might aspire to be, but cannot. I wouldn’t pick a fight with you – pull your leg, perhaps, pick a fight, no way – any more than I would chuck a rock at a passing funeral procession. It isn’t done, it’s in very, very bad taste.

    Look at what Gorki gets away with.

    Chill.😀

  40. Vijay Goel

    @Vajra Somehow I like you very much. Fighting I don’t mind. I can hold my own. It can always lead to new insights. Pulling Legs is great. I am not as well read or well versed as you. However would like to exchange some thoughts with you now and then. My e-mail id is vijaygoel@eth.net maybe you can send me yours.

  41. ali hamdani

    We cannot succeed as a nation until and unless the youth is brought forward and let me say, the liberal and open minded youth which respect religion and the world both!

  42. Sadia Hussain

    The youth of Pakistan possesses immense potential which needs to be directed to cause, the youth bodies can serve as volunteer movements in flood affected areas and they can be messengers of peace which renounce violent practices

  43. @Raju the B

    I am an Indian living in India, paying my taxes here, voting here, watching the mess around me, sometimes helplessly, sometimes protesting at the top of my voice, talking about Indian politics with real live Indians, eating Indian food cooked in India and surviving it, using Indian transport on Indian urban streets, watching Indian TV, mainly programmes run by people many of whom I know personally, using Indian telecommunications, Indian railways, Indian air carriers of all varieties, (sometimes) watching movies in Indian movie-halls, and the rest of it.

    Are you? Think carefully before you reply.

    You sound to me like one of those phonies, Indian as well as Pakistani, living abroad and willing to fight to the last resident Indian (or resident Pakistani) to defend your high principles and noble political and social programmes of the sort encapsulated by Arbeit macht Frei. Remember that one? You should.

    You little phony tinhorn.

  44. Sol

    @Vajra

    You are as much an Indian as Ms. Arundhati Roy. She does all that you do. She also writes elegant prose. Like you, she also bleats a lot. Both of you are adored by our dear Neighbor.

    Unfortunately there are a lot of Benedict Arnolds and Jaichands in this country. No wonder we have been slaves for 1200 years.

    Though Chempakaraman Pillai died in Germany, he was an Indian. The Resident Non Indians like you are shameless.

  45. Sol

    “had been”

  46. Just to remind you, little Dachschund, neither of the worthies you mentioned, good people though they are, in their fey little ways, are resident in India.

  47. @Sol

    The difference essentially is this: I gained my freedom, through education, through figuring things out for myself, through abandoning my prejudices, through deciding that coming from a refugee race expelled by the majority because of our religion was not good enough reason to hate those of that religion; a number of things went into that.

    You remain a slave. To your blanket prejudices, that don’t let you think, that don’t let you breathe free air, that won’t ever release you. It isn’t 1200 years for you; it is eternity.

    You had the same choices; you chose to remain a slave.

  48. It is quite unfortunate that this has become a forum for Indo-Pak hatred and competition, not to mention racism. I would encourage all arguing here to divert their energies into something more constructive and useful. Let us forget these petty nothings that we tend to make issues out of.

  49. bciv

    “Unity, faith and discipline are the hallmarks of totalitarianism-fascism.”

    just like Welfare for All?

  50. Tilsim

    “Unity, faith and discipline are the hallmarks of totalitarianism-fascism. ”

    A very ‘rationalist’ remark.

  51. shiv

    The arguments between Indians on this thread remind of an old story.

    An Indian went to visit an old Indian friend in Germany. One day while walking on a street the visitor stepped to the side of the road, pulled down his pants and proceeded to defecate by the roadside.

    Horrified – the German resident urged his friend to stop. But I do this all the time in India” protested the visitor.

    The German resident said “But you are not supposed to do that in public over here!

    Moral of story: Only Indian residents are allowed to produce crap in public. Non residents must not do that.

  52. @shiv

    I knew that you as another bona-fide resident Indian would not let us down. Only your pants.

  53. Vindaloo

    Nice to know that you are entertained by scat porn.

  54. Vindaloo

    That was for Civilian, btw.

  55. Maham

    SHARING KNOWLEDGE
    I’m posting this to share what I’ve learnt this year.

    A few months ago when the summer holidays began, I enrolled in a SAT class at one of the leading institutions to prepare myself for the exam. On my first day, which was also the first day for everyone else, we were introduced to our English teacher, who was a British muslim and had been a Pakistani citizen for many years. The moment she reached the front of the class and smiled, everyone fell in love with her. She appeared to be about fifty: full of experiences, knowledge and fun. Ms. Lovesay apparently does not believe in introductions for she did not tell her name or ask anybody else’s. She just got on to what the course consisted of etc etc. After about ten minutes she ran out of all there was to say about the SAT English section so she asked the students what they thought about the oil spill which had occurred in those days.
    The class looked blank.
    ‘O come on, somebody.’
    No word.
    Her mouth hung open.
    ‘Don’t tell me you don’t know! How many of you know about the oil spill?’
    Silence.
    It looked like a real blow but it took her only a few minutes to recover. After that for around 40 min she lectured the class on how knowledge other than that about your subjects at school was important and that Pakistani students didn’t know what was being done to them by America. She said that we were a clueless bunch of people whose vocabulary consisted only of words such as ‘yo’ and ‘yeah’ which we’d learnt from rap songs which constantly dribbled into our ears through the wretched headphones that were a conspiracy designed to ruin the nation. She said that an American teenager with all those weird tattoos and various pierced things was more aware than us. I felt like an inept donkey by the end of it. She did it artfully, not to forget gracefully. On a finishing note she advised the class to subscribe to the TIME magazine, a few local newspapers and get a life. When I got home I resolved to heed the advice. I started reading avidly and genuinely feared the escape of any global or local issue from my knowledge. It made me feel so much more alive.
    When school began a few weeks ago, we [students] were discussing how there weren’t any good universities in the country when my business teacher suddenly said: ‘O there are good universities but there aren’t any good students in this country. Uncompetitive losers all of you. Want to know why? Because you don’t read. How many of you know what Malik Riaz did yesterday?’
    Silence.
    I couldn’t believe I didn’t know.
    ‘Which newspaper was that in sir?’ I stuttered.
    ‘It was on television last night you dud!’
    Students of Pakistan really need to become more aware of their surroundings and broaden their horizons. The teachers are right: Ignorance will take us nowhere. Its time to face the fact that ignorance isn’t bliss and knowledge about things that don’t concern you isn’t a waste of time. Ignorance is ignorance and knowledge is power.