You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of democracy, social justice and the equality of mankind in your own native soil. [Mohammed Ali Jinnah]

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Advise to Students by a Student


... Processions and peaceful protests are marks of civilized societies. The most civilized and developed nations have the most active, vibrant and politically knowledgeable student bodies. There is a difference between a good student and a zombie. Some of my most brilliant student friends are politically the most active ones.

Please shed the mentality of Zia era when students were put to the task of cramming their books. Nothing good came out of that. De-politicizing the society is the aim of all military dictators and all of them start it from universities. Their favorite mantra is ‘Be a good student’. Let me assert. Only a politically aware student can be a good student.

The house is on fire. We love our books but we also love the home we call Pakistan. We love our books but we also love our rights. We love our books but we also want to be citizens of a democracy.

We love our books but we hate dictators.

With apologies to Iqbal

Ghaafil ko jo hay des mayn parhnay ki ijazat

Nadaan yeh samajhta hay kay Insaan hay azaad.

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