Global Citizen in the Twenty First Century: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post 9/11 Era

Rana Eijaz Ahmad


This paper deals with the increased activity of a global citizen in the twenty first century. It explains that how it has become difficult for a global citizen to remain loyal to the government as a unit of the state on the one hand and show allegiance towards its sociopolitical and economic pattern for a successful life on the other. It obliges an individual to face different challenges as well as have opportunities to live as an active citizen. The challenges he face are Class Conflict, ideological chauvinism, increased insecurity/terrorism, visa restrictions, Environment degradation, and globalization. A global citizen has opportunities while living in a state those are: Trade, rapid Communications, identity, representation in the legislatures, right to work, right to get education, right to health and freedom of expression, speech and assemble. The citizen has to adjust himself according to the rules and regulations where he lives even for few days. Modern age is an age of communication. World has become a global village and a citizen of one country travel from one place to another for business, education, entertainment and other works. He has to be loyal to the local laws of the place where he is visiting. Although it is a big challenge for the global citizen but he also get the opportunity of interacting with other cultures. This cultural exchange is a real asset of a global citizen. This paper is based on comparative as well as qualitative method.

Key Words: Global citizen, challenges, opportunities, global village

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