Here in the U.S. and in India too, we’re told ad nauseum, ad infinitum that children are the future of the country.
A constant refrain is that if we want our nation to be great, we need to invest in our children and in our schools, hire good teachers and so on.
While the state of Indian public schools is not something to be proud of, the situation in Pakistan verges on the disastrous.
The New York Times has an interesting piece on how Madrasas in Pakistan are filling the void caused by poverty and state neglect of education. Here’s an excerpt from the NYT piece:
But if the state has forgotten the children here, the mullahs have not. With public education in shambles, Pakistanâ€™s poorest families have turned to madrasas, or Islamic schools, that feed and house the children while pushing a more militant brand of Islam than was traditional here.
The concentration of madrasas here in southern Punjab has become an urgent concern in the face of Pakistanâ€™s expanding insurgency. The schools offer almost no instruction beyond the memorizing of the Koran, creating a widening pool of young minds that are sympathetic to militancy.
In an analysis of the profiles of suicide bombers who have struck in Punjab, the Punjab police said more than two-thirds had attended madrasas.
We’re no Cassandra but be warned that if you think the situation in Pakistan is bad now, it’s going to get hellishly worse in the decades to come, as these madrasa-brainwashed kids, indoctrinated on hatred of the infidels grow up into Jihad-loving Taliban apprentices, footsoldiers and generals lusting for the 72 virgins in heaven after their murderous acts on earth.