On the occasion of Asma Jahangir’s first death anniversary, two major cities in the country saw a critical mass gather in public, and demand from state institutions to respect the law under which they exercise their authority. The gatherings held in Lahore and Karachi under the banner of the Shehri Tahaffuz March included students, activists, and citizens left aggrieved because of excesses committed by state personnel, including relatives of those killed in the Sahiwal incident. There couldn’t have been a more befitting tribute to Jahangir.Jahangir remains unmatched in her ability to use the law in the interest of the marginalised segments, whether it was those countless women who secured free legal aid to get out of abusive domestic relationships or minority religious and ethnic communities who could always rely on her to be on their side in struggles for constitutional supremacy. Jahangir is among a rare breed of activists who opted never to stay silence in the face of injustice. During her lifetime, she helped lead movements and build institutions and networks of advocacy, like the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the AGHS Legal Aid Cell. She was also adept at creating coalitions for change with a variety of stakeholders, and could always be relied upon to defend democracy against machinations of the powers that be.Since Jahangir’s passing, the country has experienced a continuation of practices of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and suppression of press freedom, but her absence has been felt sorely by those left behind with the mantle to carry on resistance against usurpation of rights. Thankfully for the country, a new generation has emerged on the public domain that appears determined to claim her formidable legacy. Those leading the marches on Sunday were from among this generation. Many of these youngsters, including a sizeable number of women, belong to the peripheral regions where fundamental rights guaranteed in the constitution either don’t apply or remain poorly protected. After coming of age in the post-Musharraf era Pakistan, these youngsters can tell the contradiction between a democratic political order, on the one hand, and a lack of respect for citizens’ rights, on the other. Additionally, the gap between expectations of these young men and women from the economy and the everyday precarity caused by a poorly performing economy has further disenfranchised them. It is important for the government to take the protests of these youngsters seriously, and to engage them in tackling the problems they identify in a joint manner. The words and actions of this politically conscious and globally connected new generation will only make the country and its democracy stronger. *Published in Daily Times, February 12th 2019.