Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Discourse Vol 1, Issue 2
An Apology To The Youth Of Pakistan From The Older Generation! (Article)
Publication Year : 2022

Dear Youth of Pakistan,

On behalf of my generation, I offer you a heartfelt apology over our failure to leave you with hope and an inheritance that you can build on.

Our fathers gave us an unfinished project called Pakistan. They had, however, given in very quickly to the pleasures of colonial apartheid, where they could live like ‘brown sahibs’ with all the perks of the white ruler. Wealth was easy to get as they followed in the footsteps of the colonial ruling class who had voluntarily leﬞ. Making an enlightened nation with rules laws with a culture of development and learning was harder and beyond them. Crude tribalism and theology were routinely used for power-grabs instead of the painstaking work required to build institutions for a modern state and governance.

We the first Pakistani-born generation, grew up in a still colonial Pakistan and inherited the culture of privilege, state provided wealth and easy government jobs. Like our fathers we bickered on the constitution, desired absolute power and were very greedy.

Discourse Vol 1, Issue 2
An Apology To The Youth Of Pakistan From The Older Generation! (Article)
Publication Year : 2022

Dear Youth of Pakistan,

On behalf of my generation, I offer you a heartfelt apology over our failure to leave you with hope and an inheritance that you can build on.

Our fathers gave us an unfinished project called Pakistan. They had, however, given in very quickly to the pleasures of colonial apartheid, where they could live like ‘brown sahibs’ with all the perks of the white ruler. Wealth was easy to get as they followed in the footsteps of the colonial ruling class who had voluntarily leﬞ. Making an enlightened nation with rules laws with a culture of development and learning was harder and beyond them. Crude tribalism and theology were routinely used for power-grabs instead of the painstaking work required to build institutions for a modern state and governance.

We the first Pakistani-born generation, grew up in a still colonial Pakistan and inherited the culture of privilege, state provided wealth and easy government jobs. Like our fathers we bickered on the constitution, desired absolute power and were very greedy.