Pakistan today is in debt, economically. But, mentally Pakistan was miserable even 10 years before. Pakistan that takes the Kashmir issue to the UN then and now has always failed to protect the fundamental rights of its citizens. And Pakistan’s Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai is a living example of that.
Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl who stood up for Education. A girl who fought for attending School. A girl who was shot by the Taliban in the head. Malala faced several tragedies, but all of them could not deter her from standing up for human rights.
Malala gave her first speech at the age of 11 in 2008, where she questioned, “how dare the Taliban take away, my basic right to Education”. She got nominated for International Children Peace Prize in 2011. Her own nation ‘Pakistan’ also recognised her cause of fight, ‘education ‘ and awarded her. In 2012, she even faced a bullet from the gun of Tehrik-e-Taliban while she was walking back home from school. A global fund, Vital Voices Global Partnership runs in her name for the cause of girls education. In 2014 she became the youngest person to win the Liberty Medal and in the very same year, she also became the youngest Nobel laureate. She has a documentary in her name titled ‘He named me Malala’
Till here, the Nobel Laureate appears as a pure soul who believes in all humans are equal and everyone has the right to live life with dignity. She seems to be a person who believes in human rights and vocally fights for the same.
But with her recent Tweet, she demolished her “pious” image.
Malala tweeted urging the Indian leaders to stop marginalizing the minority women. Malala who describes herself as an advocate for girls’ education and women’s quality wrote in her tweet, “College is forcing us to choose between studies and the hijab”. Refusing to let girls go to school in their hijabs is horrifying. Objectification of women persists — for wearing less or more. Indian leaders must stop the marginalisation of Muslim women.”
My dear fellow innocent Indians, she is saying no wrong. No one should be forced to choose between Studies and Any kind of attire. Because there is nothing to choose from. Studies are the most important thing.
And she is also correct we women are being judged based on what we wear, less more, everything. Malala is too innocent to understand that uniforms are designed to counter such problems. Uniforms in schools, colleges, workplaces are designed to promote equality. It is created to eradicate discrimination based on financial status, religion etc.
Also, I think the global icon is a little bit weak on the subject of International Relations, therefore she does not know about the significant steps taken by the Indian Government to bring the women belonging from the minority community into the mainstream through education and employment. India recently criminalised instant Triple Talaq to save minority women from objectification.
Malala fought for Education and discarded the narrow mindset propagated in the name of Islam and Sharia. She stood up against the Taliban that is running a nation according to Sharia law.
Now I tell you how Malala is a hypocrite:
In her book she mentioned burqa and here is what she wrote, “Wearing a burqa is like walking inside big fabric shuttlecock with only a grille to see through, and on hot days its like an oven.”
2013: “Malala does not think a woman should wear a veil in court or places where it is necessary to show her identity”
2022: In a classroom, full of girls, Hijab should be allowed instead of a uniform dress code. Should a classroom integrate or segregate?
These excerpts show how the Nobel laureate has a selective approach. And here arises the question is she really as brave as she appears? Or she is just confused because she is not able to understand that regressive practices have been taught to younger generations in name of traditions?
She once stood against the orthodox practices preached by the Taliban in the name of customs and traditions. And even faced a bullet for that. She was called out for being anti-Islamists. But today she is seen promoting the same orthodox practices.