Despite the entire brouhaha in the midst of too much media interest that the Swati girl, Malala Yousufzai has earned and of course whether her spy stories are true or the other wise…I must confess that I am jealous of Malala. Sure…I am jealous of this little creature, clad in a properly covered shalwar qameez.
I am jealous because she not only addressed at the age of only 16 from the podium of the United Nations but she made an impact. The whole world watched her at that very moment when she started to express herself, what she always wanted to after a long but undesirable break after the assassination attempt on her in October 2012. If anyone asks me what my dream job is, my answer would be as it has always been to work with the UN. Malala was heard, seen and admired in that same UN headquarters by millions.
I am jealous because what she has achieved at a young age is unbelievable. I am jealous because she now stands in the Time magazine’s list of most influential people in 2013. I am jealous because she has become an international name for her movement that encourages education especially girls’ education. I am jealous because she has access to the top ranks of the world leaders, human right activists and organizations. And why should not I be jealous of her because the kind of appreciation, love and motivation Malala is getting from every nook and corner of the globe is utterly overwhelming. But yes, no one would wish to get this all at the risk of his or her life like she had to. She also has signed a contract, worth $3 million book contract, featuring her life story.
Hundreds of thousands of wishes and prayers poured in from every heart that felt for this little girl when she was shot in the head by the Taliban. She was targeted and hence accountable for such action merely for supporting girls’ education in the troubled valley of Swat. But they failed to get rid of her and instead Malala emerged as a character of heroism. I suppose her life is still not in safe hands. Had it happened to me or any other girl what happened to Malala, I am convinced our families must have asked us to stop right there for the good. But, this girl is still standing tall and see with what courage and grace.
Since then, we heard everyday news about improvement in her condition through the world’s media. She got a lot of the international recognition but at the same time, a hell lot of criticism. But with only the slight droop of the left part of her face and an injured eye, she is still filled with guts and passion, fair enough to defy anyone.
From a simple life in the lanes of Swat to the never-ending stories of fame along with propaganda, Malala is the face of Pakistan without any doubt and a reason behind the respect that she has brought to the country.
Malala, without giving any ear to the daunting and not-so-important voices that are meant just to stop you, keep going strong girl.
And by-the-way, I have heard Gul Makai is going to address at the UN soon again…uh jealous.