Today, let’s celebrate Malala Yousafzai

Published: October 10, 2014
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Let’s celebrate what it means to be a Pakistani woman and be lauded for a struggle by the international community. PHOTO: REUTERS

“Live, Malala!”

I remember seeing this line somewhere on social media when Malala was shot.

I remember sitting anxiously, watching the television, while channels aired the live coverage of Malala being shifted to a hospital in England for treatment.

I remember the moment I found out that she was shot. I couldn’t believe my ears. I couldn’t believe the news. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. October 09, 2012 – almost exactly two years ago, she was returning from school when a masked gunman had asked her name and shot her at point blank range thrice.

Thrice. She was just 14.

There were many counter-narratives that flew everywhere in Pakistan, as is customary. She was labelled as a Yahoodi agent, a ‘drama’, a US drone, a set up; some even cooked up a story where all this was an elaborate set up to defame Pakistan.

But let’s not go into that today.

Let’s not talk about how Pakistan treats its heroes. Let’s not talk about what we do when Pakistanis attempt to rise and be positive and get appreciated by the world. Let’s not talk about how we treat women and the achievements they manage to mount and be known for – despite the chauvinism, the sexism and the abuse they receive every day.

Today, let’s celebrate Pakistan. Let’s celebrate Malala Yousafzai.

Let’s not hold on to the hate and the vitriol, the cynicism, the politicising, the siding. Today, let’s celebrate that Malala has won the Nobel Peace Prize 2014. She is the first Pakistani woman and the youngest girl ever to win that prize. Malala shares the award with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.

She also joins the ranks of many personalities who have struggled for peace and prosperity in their respective regions. People like Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King and Liu Xiabao.

Today, let’s celebrate the fact that Malala joins the ranks of women who have won the Nobel Prize for Peace – the fact that there are only sixteen women since 1905 to 2014 who have won that prize. Malala joins the ranks of people like Mother Teresa and Shirin Ebadi and Tawakkol Karman – she becomes a symbol today, not just for Pakistan, but for women, for children, for young teens, for human rights’ activists, for anyone who wants to take a stand against religious extremism.

Let’s celebrate what Malala stands for. Let’s celebrate what this little girl has shown to the world. Let’s celebrate the spirit Malala has in her heart, in her soul, in her body, in her beautiful lop-sided smile, in her earnest words, in her simple mannerisms, in her struggle for education for women, in her youth, in her identity. Let’s celebrate what it means to be a Pakistani woman and be lauded for a struggle by the international community.

Today, let’s set aside our hate, let’s set aside our bias and prejudice and the rampant sexism and the random conspiracy theories that fog our minds into not seeing what is clear as day: that a young girl from Swat has stood for her right to be educated – and despite bullets, despite the hate, despite the various other factors that may have hindered her in the path to justice – today she stands as the recipient of an important international recognition. Today, she stands as a young Pakistani woman, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, as a symbol of hope for many girls who deserve to pursue their right to education.

Today, let’s celebrate a victory against terrorism. Today, let’s celebrate a survivor. A winner. A girl. A Pakistani.

Today, let’s celebrate Malala Yousafzai.

Mahwash.Badar.

Mahwash Badar

The author is a clinical psychologist, a mum to two boys and permanently in a state of flux. She tweets @mahwashajaz_ (twitter.com/mahwashajaz_)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Prashant

    “Let’s celebrate what Malala stands for. Let’s celebrate what this little girl has shown to the world. …”

    Has Pakistan celebrated Abdus Salam decades after he had been awarded with Noble, if not, I guess Pakistanis need to wait for a few decades before a small section of the Pakistanis would be proud of Malala.

    As of now, Malala is a western puppet for most Pakistanis and the Noble peace prize is not actually going to be celebrated but would be shown as evidence to prove Malala being a western agent.Recommend

  • Fighter Man

    There is no reason to celebrate the actress who played the brilliant role in the movie directed by West. I will celebrate the day when West would release Aafia Siddiqui.Recommend

  • Salman Shareef

    And the Award for the best actress goes to Malala YusufZai. We are so proud of you Malala today.Recommend

  • Pakistani

    Yes, we should celebrate and throw out our so-called leaders if they don’t. IK, NS, and AZ must be held accountable if they don’t pledge to advance Malala’s cause of girls’ education. We MUST NOT do to Malala what we did to Abdus salam!!Recommend

  • Abuzar Jamil

    Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai.Recommend

  • https://twitter.com/Kamranhayder1 Kamran Hayder

    Excellently written. Let’s celebrate…with wet eyes, with tears of joy, with an open smile. Let’s defeat terrorism, let’s spread the education, let’s not let terrorists shoot down our Malalas and bomb our schools !!Recommend

  • ModiFied

    Get the ban lifter on her book if you really want to celebrate her.Recommend

  • siesmann

    She is much braver than emasculate and impotent men,who don’t have the courage to stand-up to tyranny.They would rather type vitriol against a brave girl,rather than be counted for.Shameful comment!Recommend

  • siesmann

    “One should go far to China if needed for education” so says the prophet of Islam.”You should not leave home to go to school,and remain illiterate and oppressed” so say the Taliban.The followers of true Islam take he bullets on their head for standing up to oppression.The Taliban and Taliban-sympathizers,and internet-warriors celebrate death and destruction.They will carry their hatred not only in their hearts,but wear that proudly on their sleeves,and their key-boards.The Peace-prize to Malala is a deserving slap in their faces,and since it hurts their emasculate ego,they will come out and spew their venom against the brave girl.The world doesn’t care if they don’t see the light,and happily let them stay in their dark caves-physical and mental.The world celebrates Malala today.She makes Pakistan proud,she makes Islam proud,She makes the humanity proud!Recommend

  • Nida

    Great article that should zip some overcritical lips. But then again it probably won’t. We are too cynical and paranoid to accept anything better than what we are used to; which is mostly hate. So go on hating if that soothes your sadistic inclinations. We however, will celebrate Malala because God knows she deserves it. Well done author!!!Recommend

  • Ali

    congratulations Malala, stay blessedRecommend

  • your_baap

    No fan of Malala, but Aafia Siddiqui? really? No wonder your peace activist is abroad. How can she confront terrorist sympathizers like yourself?Recommend

  • waqas

    no thanksRecommend

  • Critical

    Thanks to people like you,Pakistan will not develop even if 1000 Malala’s come ..because you honor a terrorist more than an activist….Recommend

  • Parvez

    Lets celebrate this momentous event…..and the fact that Malala is a female.Recommend

  • Maria

    Couldn’t resist the temptation of the backhanded compliment could you? While Pakistanis celebrate one of their own who stood up to foreign funded cowards and terrorists you have want to make a point of saying ” let’s not talk about how Pakistan treats its heros” and how we should not bring up chauvinism, sexism and abuse. Well you had to bring it up didn’t you? I imagine it must really bother you to see a Pakistani woman be recognized for her courage, fortitude and commitment to her nation. Especially since you don’t believe in our nation. You always portray Pakistan in a bad way and say that Jinnah made a mistake. Let women and girls like me who are Pakistanis be proud of Malala without your negative comments.Recommend

  • S

    She wants to raise voice for the many voiceless children. Well, there are thousands of voiceless children in Palestine who are in desperate conditions. So are hundreds of voiceless children in need of protection from the drone attacks on a daily basis in Pakistan. When will Malala say anything about them let alone do something? What has she done for Pakistan? How have things changed in ANY way for Pakistan since she became this great public figure? You cannot win hearts of the true sufferers by delivering public speeches in UN and around the world. Do something for them that’s worth talking about. Yes, we are proud a Pakistani got this honour but sadly this Pakistani has done nothing for Pakistan except for defaming it in her book. I so wish Edhi recived this prize instead; that would have really made Pakistan proudRecommend

  • imad uddin

    MashaAllah. Its so encouraging for a young girl, already filled with ambitions. It gives her more power to do what she dreams aboi what she had dreamt. No n. Those who are suspicious, no need to doubt her intentions yet. Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    She is a wonderful young woman. Her intentions might be genuine, but I can’t see what she has done apart from being a victim.

    So a child anywhere in the world who wants to study is a nobel prize candidate? Yes, she got shot, that is she is the victim of a hateful ideology, isn’t she.

    People should understand the difference between victims and heroes. Malala was a kid who had the noble intentions of going to a school(even I liked it). But, she unfortunate enough to be born in the wrong place. She is a victim.

    A Hero is one who will fight against all odds, often risking his own life or dedicating their entire lives. There are so many such heroes, the guy who had to share Malala’s Nobel,Kailash Satyarthi, was a Hero. He has dedicated his life to helping people, making this world a better place.

    People love Heroes, victims are worthy of sympathy and corrective action to reduce their pain. Handing them Nobel prizes is plain weird!Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Doing what, apart from winning a Nobel?Recommend

  • WB

    Malala stood up bravely to the threats of Taliban, for which she was shot at.

    Now, to many Pakistanis this may not seem like a big accomplishment, but the west sees it as a symbol. As an icon, who can further the rights of women and girl-child everywhere.

    And Pakistan and even India should embrace this.

    The blogger says, “Let’s not talk about how Pakistan treats its heroes.”

    But Mahwasih should notice that of the three comments that are present here, two are anti Malala and one congratulates her.

    So, eight people have recommended two discreidt-malala comments and only one has recommended the congratulations.

    Now, this is the case of educated Pakistan where 8 people hate your heroes and 1 person likes them. That is 90% of your people hate your heroes.Recommend

  • Amer

    Mentality of people like you doesn’t extend beyond conspiracy theories. Are the Taliban real or are they made up as well ?Recommend

  • Amer

    Congratulations Malala ! But some people in Pakistan won’t come out of their little fairy tale world and the Pakistani government will use you for nothing more then photo ops ! Please don’t invite Nawaz to anything … rather ask him and the other government officials to pay more attention to the educational emergency in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Adnan

    You would rather celebrate the illiterate landlords, brutal terrorists and joker politicians in this country.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Afia was a terrorist who went to Afghanistan to participate in terror acts, she shot Americans in Afghanistan, she was a Taliban supporter through and through. She has now been jailed in USA for terrorism.
    Malala yousafzai was a 12 year old girl who wanted to go to school and study, she was shot at and subsequently had to endure weeks of surgical procedures. The only thing that our Pakistani educated Taliban have against her is that they cannot even begin to think of a Pakistani girl, doing such things, they have been debased to such a degree they they cannot even imagine a person from among themselves being so brave. They have lost the notion of bravery and honour, so they think that no one can be brave enough to stand up against these thugs.
    To compare Malala with Afia or to call her a western puppet is an utterly shameful act, which shows that we as a nation have failed once again to recognize those are working hard to bring us out of darkness into the light.
    My reference here is to Doctor Abdus Salam, who was the first Pakistani ever to win the nobel prize, but here in Pakistan he was treated like a pariah, even though he wanted to make our country the most technologically advanced country in the world. Same is the case with this young girl, all she has ever done is fight for OUR rights, and we are now maligning her. is there anything more shameful in this world?Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    why should they release a woman who shot their soldiers in Afghanistan? Why should they let go of a criminal? why should they let her go when all she will do is plan new terror acts? why should they let her go?Recommend

  • Indian

    You should be happy- that brave little girl is the pride of Pakistan.
    It’s an incredible achievement.Congratulations to all Pakistanis for the Nobel peace prize.
    Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    yes she was a victim when she was shot. But when she stood up for the rights of thousands and millions of girls who are deprived of education she became a symbol of fight against illiteracy , and she became a hero. I have seen that you always try to find fault with everything Pakistani and this post also shows your xenophobic attitude. it’s the nobel peace prize for so why dont we leave our racist remarks out of it?
    P.S Et plz post this comment in full. for it is the truth, Anoop has always shown that no matter what the topic of a blog he will bring in India/Pakistan comparison into it.Recommend

  • Yousuf

    people ofRecommend

  • Yousuf

    congratulaton Malala for getting Pakistan 2nd Noble PrizeRecommend

  • Parvez

    You see her as a victim……most others see her as a source of inspiration.
    Let me say ….full marks to Kailash Satyarthi he deserved the win…as well.Recommend

  • Sohaib.

    I am sorry, I just cannot respect someone who disrespected the pakistan army. im not saying she is some kind of agent or something. If you disrespect the forces and the nation, I WILL NOT RESPECT YOU. all these can be confirmed in the NY times documentary of her life.Recommend

  • Unknown

    Edhi deserves Nobel peace prize.Recommend

  • Unknown

    and your west slave mentality is unable to analyze anything. You believe in every word what west says.Recommend

  • Unknown

    The author is the one who hates Pakistan’s creation Recommend

  • Unknown

    With 1000 Malalas Pakistan will be dead. We don’t want so many drama Queens, Please keep them in your countries.Recommend

  • Prof

    “A Hero is one who will fight against all odds, often risking his own life or dedicating their entire lives.”

    How many lives must the youth of Pakistan dedicate to noble before Indians find the hearts to accept them as heroes? Malala as well onto her second life, while others like Iqbal Masih were able to dedicate only life.. and than were forgotten by the world.Recommend

  • siesmann

    You forget to mention thousands and thousands of children who are killed and maimed and prevented from attending schools-conveniently bombed -.Malala .She tried to raise her voice against tyranny and oppression and got shot in the head for that.Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    Before she was a victim, she did fight for the education and against extremism through her writings, that is the reason she became a victim.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    But please tell me what she has done to deserve the noble? Many people consider Actors as heroes and icons and a source of inspiration. But that doesn’t mean they deserve a Nobel.

    Please let us know what she has actually done which is better than all those 200 odd nominees haven’t been able to match?Recommend

  • Hameedullah

    Army itself respects Malala.Recommend

  • Zee

    Braver!!! Why don’t she come back to Pakistan? I really admired her till such time she wrote the controversial book with the journalist (am not getting her name right now) who is famous for bashing Pak and Islam always. Do anyone remember those girls injured with the same Malala. No.

    Recommend

  • Zee

    “Let’s not talk about how Pakistan treat it’s heroes”

    Am unable to comprehend why this author always bash Pakistan! How come Pakistan comes in if some individuals treat women badly, some shoot this young girl or any other ill Pakistani society has.

    Are your fingers shake while typing the world Society? This is the same Pakistan which is celebrating the Nobel piece prize but I reckon you can’t get any blog written without bashing Pakistan!!!!Recommend

  • Zee

    Nobel Peace prize! This was given to Obama as well then one can gauge the credibility of this award. Can anyone on this forum enlighten me what good Obama done for the peace.

    This looks like to me a Joke that countries supporting the peace who actually are responsible for almost millions killing of innocent people read World War I, II, Iraq, Afghanistan etc.

    Nobel peace prize huh!Recommend

  • siesmann

    You can be sure that she has done way much more than you can even think of doing in a few life-times.And Malala can’t be and won’t be any inspiration for a Taliban-sympathizer and a KEYBOARD-warrior.You are welcome to lament and cry however you want to.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Jealousy seems to be getting the best of you.Recommend

  • Guest

    The Army that (at times) does not respect the constitution of the country or its people.Recommend

  • Dark-Knight

    It has been said ‘You can die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain’.Recommend

  • siesmann

    what an irrational comment!!Recommend

  • Alter Ego

    Why should they give noble prize to a girl who has not opened one school in Pakistan or anywhere for that matter.
    Can you tell me what has she done for education?Recommend

  • Alter Ego

    Name one school that she has opened in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Alter Ego

    What exactly has she done for education in Pakistan?
    How many schools has she opened in Pakistan , just name one ?

    A 1000 malalas will not change Pakistan because they will not open even one school.

    It is depressing to see you comment on something for which you can provide no justification.

    Do you know for how many years Abdur Sattar Eidi has spent in his thankless mission , his entire lifetime.

    Do you know how many children malala’s indian counter part has freed from bonded labour, 80,000.

    Do you know how many years Nelsen Mendela spent in jail ?

    Compared to these people Malala’s prize seems undeserved.Recommend

  • Prashant

    The memorial inscription on the gravestone of Abdus Salam read ““First Muslim Nobel Laureate” which was later on changed to ““First Nobel Laureate” by deleting Muslim in it, Malala today is an actor for surviving the bullets of Taliban and having her face disfigured, I wonder what would her gravestone have read in case she did not survive, would it have read a “western agent” or the “Best Pakistani actor ever.”Recommend

  • Yasir Altaf Zargar

    hello madam
    i appreciate your words ….
    but in my mind thr are couple of questions for u???
    1:-what malala did was done earlier by many pakistani girls as well as many great personalities…
    2:-why malala was getting support from u.s???y only malala ?? y not others
    3:-Is malala really a pakistani and a muslim girl?
    recently i read on dawn news about malala’s dna report which clearly tell us she is not a pakistani she is just a us drone /us agent or mossad agentRecommend

  • Yasir Altaf Zargar

    This Story made my eyes full of tears …when i read a pakistani writer praising malala….. why should we celebrate malala’s noble peace award who is just masked muslim girl having Jewish nature/even her maternal are from Jew family(research conducted by some doctors)…..
    My sister #Aafia is still expiring in jails of west …we even do not know is she alive or dead.. ….How could a pakistani celebrate day of malala
    #Slap on those who praise malalaRecommend

  • jssidhoo

    Yes to Edhi but also a yes to MalalaRecommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    You cannot truly say Malala belongs to Pakistan unless you own her up. She had to flee Pakistan and she lives, I believe, in Birmingham, England. She may be getting a UK citizenship in future. Can you realy say she is a Pakistani?
    Pakistani state did not do anything to protect her. Let us bring to memory how UK protected Salman Rushdie after he got death threats for “Satanic Verses”. Had Malala lived on in Pakistan, it would have been a much greater victory against oppression. Alas, that was not to be.Recommend

  • Jehanzeb Mahar

    My friend was being robbed of his motorcycle in broad daylight in front of many people in our area. He resisted the robbery, not for the reason that he couldn’t afford another bike, but because he thought that if he gave them his bike, such robberies will become commonplace in the area. He was shot in the thigh. Doesn’t my friend deserve a couple of noble prizes?Recommend

  • Zee

    Author, why can’t you write a peice without bashing Pakistan as am unable to comprehend why you bring Paksitan in for every ill of the society that exists. As regards to Nobel peace prize! It has no value as this has been awarded to Obama as well and can someone enlighten me what good he did for peace rather continuing the war mongering policies of Bush.

    Edhi Sahab deserves this as compared to Malala but she suits to west in view of her known views abt Pakistan, it’s army etc.Recommend

  • stevenson

    Great news for Malala and Pakistan but remember there are always two faces to everything. I support Malala but I want her to ditch her father. Her book is written by her father and an English writer who took dictation from the father. That’s why there is so much stuff in it that relates to the father’s student years. You can’t blame the man for using his daughter to advance his family’s situation but you need to understand it.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Army did not think so.They congratulated her.She is not dependent on the respect of Taliban-sympathizers.Recommend

  • raj

    I would argue on the fact that Aafia went to Afghanistan for foul activities. She was picked up from her home in Karachi and then jailed in Afghanistan where she was tortured so much that ultimately she had to shoot on army and that gave US army a reason to file charges against her. Apart from that I totally agree with your comments here. There is no comparison between people in and out of pakistan. Impt to cash in the brand and make a good name for Pakistan thru MalalaRecommend

  • raj

    As i assume that people like you in Pakistan would not understand the facts behind her being famous. Lets make a big picture. Lets say you dont believe in her and assumes that she is an “actress from west”, still the thing is if we acknowledge her and use the brand that is Malala, it will create a good image of Pakistan in the world. If you don’t believe her, thats fine, atleast support her and use it for betterment of the society. Going against her is going to harm the image itself.Recommend

  • Sane

    Amazing to see that Indians who barely leave any chance to malign Pakistan are praising Malala like any thing. Isn’t suspicious?!!Recommend

  • Sane

    But, nobody still knows as what has resulted by her fights for education and what were her writings? At least common men including educated ones do not know about these two which attributed for a Nobel.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Anoop you’re a smart guy……look up as to what shes done and remember she started doing even before she became a teeager and long before she was shot in the head by criminals.Recommend

  • Sane

    Would you please enlighten everyone here what she did for education in our country? Or what she wrote so far? How this helped for people of Pakistan or the down-trodden world population.

    Next Nobel winner would be Indian PM Modi.Recommend

  • Zee

    Very true! If we go by the standards of Nobel these days, Modi is next.Recommend

  • Parvez

    I had never ever heard of Kailash Satyarthi…….now does that mean he does not deserve the Peace Prize ?
    Get a life……be a little open minded and don’t always bring everything down to a game of ‘ one-upmanship ‘…….it simply gets tiresome.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Stood up? She lives in the cozy comfort of the West, NOT in Pakistan.
    If she had moved to India, rather than UK, and said the same thing, you would be calling her names. Come on, be honest.. Wouldn’t you?
    So, its not her actions you are proud of, rather the fact of her being famous.

    She is a victim and deserves sympathy. But, the 200 odd nominees are much more worthy of a Nobel than Malala.
    The distinction between a Hero and Victim is paramount. Malala is a victim, most of those 200 nominated for Nobel were heroes.
    I rather award a Hero, than a victim.
    Poetic isn’t it. Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    We also admire Wasim Akram. He is in India most of the time during Indian Cricket season. He coaches one of the IPL sides. Nice guy.
    Do you think that is suspicious too? :)Recommend

  • Nope !

    No,it would be l.k.advani & murli manohar joshi-who stood watching the babri mosque demolished ( something nehru foresaw & struggled to prevent ) ,thus starting communal divides in indiaRecommend

  • Parvez

    That comment is a load of nonsense…….she is anything but what you say.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    If she had fled to India, rather than UK, the same people who are praising her would be ignoring her.

    You are not proud of her act, you just want to bask in the glory, clutching at straws to feel good.

    10 years later this “hero” of yours will be still away from Pakistan.

    Gandhi, Nehru, Martin Luther King, Mandela struggled in their countries to make it better.

    I can bet she will never return to Pakistan for good. Some hero..Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Me, a Taliban sympathizer? I think you should go through my history of comments.

    If she had fled to India, rather than UK, the same Humanist Pakistanis from this forum would be denouncing her.

    According to PEW survey 1 in 4 Pakistanis support a Terror group.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    A Hero risks his/her life. Gandhi, Nehru, Mandela, Martin Luther King, all risked their lives or spent years and years in Jail. Most importantly they came back home or never left during the struggle.

    I bet even after 10 years this hero Malala will never come back to Pakistan. There is a good chance, she might not even visit!

    Till she comes goes back to Pakistan, she will always be a victim.. who got a nobel for being one.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    she is a symbol of honor, bravery and standing up for the truth. She has inspired millions of girls to seek education.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    name one school which people like you will “allow” to be built in Pakistan if it carried the name Malala. Taliban will blow it up and the so called “liberals” who are in reality Taliban supporters , will stand by and do nothing.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    and you believe every word that the local mullah says. Before launching a personal attack please make sure you are not culpable of the same sin.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I think standing up to the Taliban pretty much is what she did. You, me , Nobody has ever done that. Show me ONE SINGLE person who stood up to Taliban and said “NO”, you are wrong, I will not back down, I will not give up.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    what you just did is called “over generalization”. For once, Gandhi and Nehru were never even considered deserving of the Nobel. I think Gandhi was rejected twice because he did not deserve it.
    Secondly Gandhi and Nehru never had that many enemies while they were fighting for independence. Gandhi was killed later due to his U-Turn on various issues which incensed many Indians.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Why should she flee to India? India has one of worst health cares in the world. U.K has one of the best. Pretty unmindful to go to quacks and hacks instead of real surgeons.
    Please don’t put Gandhi and Nehru with Mandela lol. Gandhi tried his best to keep all of India under extremist Hindus but he failed and thanks to Qaid-e-Azam we got Pakistan.
    Some heroRecommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I don’t call living in constant psychological pain “cozy comfort” and neither does anyone else. She won the Prize, She is Pakistani, I am proud of her, It’s done, live with it. You cannot change it, no matter how many keystrokes you use.Recommend

  • Prashant

    How is she supposed to open schools when she got shot for going to a school, Is not it time you think before you say something?Recommend

  • Prashant

    Anoop, she is a victim but there are so many others in this world who are victims and also cowards for keeping quiet and not taking a stand, many of the people in their day to day life continue to make compromises to live a life they are expected to and not the one they had once dreamt, that is also a kind of cowardice.

    Malala coming from a place where in people irrespective of their gender getting shot or flogged and still not giving in to the demands and threats of Taliban itself makes her a hero, she might have got a lot of help from different people to realise what she has done but it still was not easy for a girl from SWAT. A hero does not have to fall in a particular category doing a set of things, Malala at her tender age should not be expected to open schools or hospitals but the fact that she has taken a stand itself makes here a hero and an inspiration.Recommend

  • Oats

    Didn’t you read this author’s article which is always discussed in India?

    The author of this article wrote that she is ashamed of being Pakistani and that Jinnah made a mistake and wishes her family stayed in India. I guess she is celebrating the Nobel won by the Indian man Kailash more. Here is the link for the original article so you can decide :

    http://www.dhakatribune.com/long-form/2014/may/26/jinnah-made-mistake-and-i-am-ashamed-being-pakistaniRecommend

  • Humza

    Just go over what Mahwash Badar has written about Pakistan in the past and you will see why people always have suspicions about her loyalty. She critiques Pakistani society, is ashamed it but also said Jinnah was wrong. When someone with such a mindset writes about Pakistan, you can understand why people are so defensive. Most people can take constructive criticism from someone who wants to make a better society but it’s a different story altogether if a writer is against the very existence of a country.Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    This is the argument: “She won. So deal with it?”

    Obama won a few years ago. Gandhi has never won it.

    Nobel prize is not really setting high standards, are they!

    You can’t even prove how Malala is a Hero. You simply want to stand under the star of Malala and feel proud. You dont’ care whether she really deserves it or not.

    All victims experience pain, but they do not become heroes. Malala will never go back to Pakistan.

    Imagine Mother Theresa had never stepped onto the streets of Calcutta. Now SHE was a hero.

    No matter how many keystrokes you waste, you still can’t make Malala go back to Pakistan, in order to become a Hero, from a victim.
    She is a victim, she comes from a society whose narrative is based on victimhood whose oppressors are India, US or even sometime faraway Israel!Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    Can you please point me to her writing before she was shot and when she was in Pakistan?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    The question is 10 years from now, will she move back to Pakistan or stay in UK?
    Imagine had Mother Teresa or Gandhi or Martin Luther King vowed to fight from foreign lands. Would they be termed as heroes today?
    I can bet any amount of money that Malala will never move back to Pakistan. There is a good chance she might not even visit Pakistan.
    Where is the bravery, where is the stand which is expected of a Nobel Peace prize winner?Recommend

  • Prashant

    The lady tried to shake the conscience of a nation she loves so much by using some strong words and she is getting accused of being a traitor.Recommend

  • Prashant

    “While Pakistanis celebrate one of their own who stood up to foreign funded cowards and terrorists….”

    You accusation of the author being a traitor lost steam even before it started for making the above comment. The people who shot Malala in her head are foreign funded is something people with an iota of intellect would not believe, Recommend

  • Xyz

    Look up who the ‘missing laureate’ is. Anti-minority hindutva groups were enemies of Mahatma Gandhi. He was assassinated by a hindutva rss man because of his pro-minority,secular stance.Recommend

  • xyz

    You’re speaking out of ignorance brother. India does have extremist hindu groups even today- rss,bajrang dal,vhp,sangh parivar etc( who have a history of charity & inciting anti-minority violence). But they were enemies of Mahatma Gandhi,when they realized that he was not pro-saffron terror ,but secular & wanted equal rights for all indians. Pls look up who killed him & why. God bless.Recommend

  • xyz

    …and Mr.Mandela was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi.Recommend

  • Indian

    He also opposed the partition & formation of Israel on the basis of religion-if there’s nothing sinister in that why see anything sinister in him opposing the formation of pak,on the basis of religion ? He believed all mankind could live in peace & equality- jews with arabs,hindus with muslims etc.Pls try to understand the right context & that non-violent man’s intention.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    gandhi never won it and it hurts you, i get it. But he did not deserve it so he never won, end of discussion. You started this Hero/Victim debate but actually no one in the world, except you has said anything about this difference, so I think it does not exist. give me one comment of anyone other than you who thinks that she is not a hero but a victim. Being s keyboard warrior is one thing but inventing new ideologies without basis is kinda stretching it. feel free to research and respond if you find anyone else who thinks that she is a victim and not a heroRecommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    his intentions were his own , but his actions made it pretty clear he was siding with extremists, then he took the U turn and they killed him, seems simple to meRecommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    they were not his enemies, rather his friends, that is until he made a uturn after the independence and subsequently they killed him.Recommend

  • Dr.Baig

    What ‘u’ turn..
    Godse & apte were irritated that he was fasting to death against the violence going on against minorities & thus putting an end to it..thats the real ‘u’ turn.
    What difference does it make if you speak against him ..even saffron thugs in our country hate him today.
    It doesn’t change the reality of what he actually was-a great,secular,violent man.Jaundiced views are too comfortable to give up. Congratulations on Malala’s win.Recommend