Much applause and criticism has been heard for the breaking of the World’s Largest Human Flag record, as part of the Punjab Youth Festival. Wrested away from Bangladesh, the record has once again been set by Pakistan. Of course this is no indication of any meaningful success — but nor is it meant to be. For it to act as a motivational gesture to young people frustrated by the lack of jobs, opportunities and security, is ironic — but in the absence of much public entertainment available, the event is a welcome one.

Criticism of it as an unnecessary luxury is perhaps inspired by the tall claims of politicians involved in the event. Claiming that it displays the enthusiasm, determination and skill of the young people of Pakistan is a bit far-fetched. If anything, resilience in the face of unemployment, insecurity and the lack of opportunities is what defines the younger generation. The assembly of the world’s largest human flag will solve none of these problems. To pawn off the happiness of people starting off in life, expecting to improve their quality of life, all the while living in a place as difficult as Pakistan, on the World’s Largest Human Flag record is lazy and ought to be challenged.

However, not every activity organised for young people has to have a larger meaning. Sometimes a bit of innocent fun is just that, and ought not to be discouraged. It just needs to be recognised that all of Pakistan’s problems are not indicative of being defeated just by the establishment of this record.