“The child is father of the man”
This quotation is from Wordsworth, an English romantic poet. It appears as a paradoxical statement as the reader jumps over from child to ‘father of the man.’ The paradoxical nature of the proverb leaves a greater impact on the mind of the reader. The quotation “the child is father of the man” tells us that a child possesses all those faculties which a grown up man has. A child’s faculties are sharper than the faculties of a grown up man. With the growth of body, these faculties decline. They are the sharpest at the youngest age. In other words, by looking at a child with his movements we can visualise what sort of man he is going to be. One may regard childhood as the index of adolescence and youth. After winning, the Panipat battle, Babar was relaxing and having meals along with his troops. Fareed Khan (later on Sher Shah son) was among the soldiers. When a full limb of roasted meat came to him, Sher Khan with the aid of his sword tried to cut meat. Babar noted it and remarked that the signs of kingship were writ large on his face. It proved true later on, when Sher Shah after defeating Humayun became the king. A child’s gestures and movements are taken as a prelude to his future developments as a man. Its relevance to Pakistan is judged from the fact that a poor man does not produce a son but his father. The more the fathers, the more the security a poor man feels because of the earning capacity of his children. The latter contribute indirectly to the income of their poor father. This means that the child is father of the man.