About Muhammad Ilyas

Muhammad Ilyas is a humanitarian journalist, development professional, and entrepreneur. He writes on the most appealing human rights issues such as education, the equal citizenry, economic empowerment, gender equality, and pluralism.

Ignorance Versus Wisdom, Who Won!


Source: (Bonnie Jo Mount / Washington Post)

Source: (Bonnie Jo Mount / Washington Post)

I am an early morning person, and I like mornings. Every morning brings a new joy, new hope, and a new breeze in my life – that’s what I like most of the morning. One fine night I slept free of sorrow and sadness and woke up to see and enjoy the new spirit, zeal, and breeze of the dawn. Unfortunately, I opened my social media and saw the news that terrorists have attacked a Army Public School Peshawar, Pakistan.

Freedom of Speech – Some Principles

The literal meaning of freedom of speech is the right to express our views and opinions without any fear, censorship, restraints. It has been defined as the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint by Dictioanry.com. Meriam Webster definition state freedom of speech as the legal right to express one’s opinions freely.

The addition of legal word reveals that it can be different country to country. In some countries, it is legal to express your opinion while in the majority it is not. If you have some sweet words on the state affairs they will warmly welcome it and will share a reference as well. If the words are challenging the state policies, then you are in trouble.

Youth! Challenges and Way Forward

United Nations (UN) defines youth as persons falling under the age range of 15-24 years. UN reports the youth population as 1.8 billion throughout the world. Globally this definition applied to everyone falling within the age 15-24 years, but, in some countries, it is different. For example, in Pakistan, the age range for youth is considered as the people between the ages 15-35. Fortunately, Pakistan’s population is approximately made of 60 percent youth altogether. Still, the extreme bad luck is that this 60 percent is the most ignored and deprived sector in the population.

Pluralism! The Word is Still Missing

Meriam-Webster defines pluralism as “a state of society in which members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups maintain and develop their traditional culture or special interest within the confines of a common civilization or a concept, doctrine, or policy advocating this state.”

Over the past few decades the world has seen a lot of examples where the word ‘pluralism’ seems missing almost in every aspect of life. Though, there are some improvements, but not so much significant if we compare it with technological and economic development.

How Exchange Programs Expand Horizons

The world’s population is approximately 7.6 billion and is increasing day by day. Every single person is different with respect to the shape, attitude, behavior, gender, and economic status, and thus so every country. We can add many indicators to the aforementioned indicators – based on which we can differentiate among people, countries, and regions.

As each human is unique in nature, likewise each country is also unique that’s where we dig into the topic of diversity. Places, where diversity exists, are rich in different aspects and has many things to teach and for other many aspects to learn from.