Sunday, October 20, 2013

Malala and the west.

The west does not adore Malala Yousufzai because she is representing some sad picture of Pakistan and neither is the west supporting her because she is their agent. They adore her bravery, strength, courage and non-violent message, while in her homeland her own people are calling her a drama queen, a western puppet and what not. The west is awarding her for her courage after putting her life in danger for the cause of education, while we are not only denouncing her but are also denouncing what our religion says is compulsory for every person — education. They are supporting her message and mission, while here almost everyone is busy in finding the right conspiracy theory about her.

The west is calling her a hero because they find speaking up against the Taliban, even after getting shot in the head, pretty heroic. They are respecting her for what she is doing, while we believe someone is behind this act; we think a teenager cannot do all this alone. Actually, it seems as if it is quite hard for a Pakistani to understand the concept of speaking up, fighting and struggling for any noble cause. I reckon that, instead of racking our brains about her being a western agent, or who is behind her, we should also celebrate her bravery and courage, and support her mission.

This post also got published in the Dailytimes's Letter to Editor: Malala and the west.


  1. Very interesting. Two perspectives, one from home and one from outside.

  2. Sometimes it's easy to spot heroism in someone else's culture than in our own.

  3. I'm praying that Malala reads these editorials
    or that they are made available to her, Izdiher.
    She NEEDS to know that there is support for
    her efforts at "home" as well as away from home.

    In either case, I am smiling when I hear
    her impassioned speeches--as God does also!

    ...and YOU, Izdiher--as I see it--are that
    "lone voice in the wilderness"...Speak/WRITE
    your heart, girl. NEVER fear!
    This life is not even an instant in timeless Eternity.
    PEACE, Chica!

  4. I don't know. I don't think someone is behind her. What that girl is doing, fighting for her education and for all the other girls is amazing!.. While here in the West, everything is matter of course and going to school is very normal, so many girls are not allowed. Its sad to see that some people here dont even want to go to school. They have so many opportunities. I hope one day that everyone will get to opportunity to go to school.


  5. it seems Malala Yousufzai has some good company. because you are also very outspoken and i have met others in this country (USA) who are also, despite the ignorance that tries to stop them. I have decided long ago that most "religions" try to become corrupted back into a man's image. Keep speaking your truth.

    1. Agree wholeheartedly. Of course, I also applaud Malala for her courage in speaking out. Her ordeal, plus her saved life, plus gift of expressing herself, it seems to me as if she was chosen by a Higher Power to be a spokesperson.

      Lest I become enamoured with Malala's charisma, I cannot allow myself to neglect showing admiration for Ifrah, who is writing so explicitly on these topics.
      As you have done, Brite Mist, in so many fewer words!

      Thank you.

  6. often the people who raise their voice to change the system are not supported by society

  7. It's interesting to see how different people see one single action. I think she is a very brave young girl and I support her actions, whatever other people think. There will always be people saying this or that. We can't change people's mind so easily.

  8. Not everyone has the courage and conviction to tell the truth, Ifra:)

  9. There is always bravery in speaking out, especially when the "weak" take on the strong.