Malala Yousafzai: Debilitating the Opposition | Haider Rifaat

Originating from a small town Mingora, Malala Yousafzai has customized the definition of humanity, taking it to a more paramount level. The fifteen-year old girl who started empowering children at a very young age through the BBC blog has become a paradigm of excellence amongst the youth in just a few years. However, the most deflating aspects I often get to witness in my very own country are the actions and reactions of some people. The indoctrinated mindsets and reprehensible motives of some people are traits which have shifted the dimensions of trust and solidarity within the nation. Malala has been a pure essence of hope for those children, especially young girls who had been estranged from education for years. The Taliban, on the other hand is trying to weaken the cemented bonds which have been strengthened by our naive Malala. Sooner or later, these children will stand up for their rights. The question is, will the Taliban be able to thwart them from being the next ‘Malala’?

Reformation commences when someone instigates a process. Malala Yousafzai is one of the lucky few who had the audacity of building schools and educating small girls who had once lost hope in themselves. She reignited their spirits and aspirations by educating them in areas where there was no sign of justice. Unfortunately, Malala Yousafzai had been hospitalized a year back. Such inspiring people who sacrifice their lives to bring about amends in the society should be labeled as ‘real heroes.’ Malala will always remain an indispensable asset of this country. She has already molded the mindsets of thousands of children who now dream of becoming scholars one day.

Malala has made a gigantic difference in today’s society which Pakistan’s government failed to make in their tenure. The time has come to alter the mindsets of our people and bring them towards education, especially the children who dwell in the rural sectors of Pakistan. A scarf or veil does not define a woman’s character. The willingness of making a difference is something that needs to be considered. Furthermore, I commend Malala’s family for supporting her objectives. The efforts of the Taliban to weaken Malala have gone in vain as she has already left a mark in the hearts of millions of families. The only thing that pinches me is the fickle nature of our society. The heart-wrenching part of this sad tale is that in a country like Pakistan, women are discouraged to pursue their education and are often denigrated if they do so. This holds true especially in the rural areas of Pakistan.

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