Malala Nominated For The Nobel Peace Prize


Young Pakistani Girl Gets Shot for Expressing Views

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to individuals, institutions, nations, so on and so forth, every year to those who “…have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” But that’s not what I am here to talk about.

Just read on…

Pakistan, an Islamic nation, is largely influenced by the Taliban. They are mainly known for their oppressive policies, especially against women.

Women are brutally oppressed under Talibani rule – they do not endorse the education of women; women are to not step out in public without being accompanied by a male relative, and if they are to step out in public, then they are to be fully clothed.

Malala Yousafzai, a 15 year old school girl, caught the eyes of the Taliban when she criticized their claustrophobic and oppressive system on her blog. She was heartlessly shot in the head three times, on October 9, when she was travelling back home on a bus after school.

Who would have thought that a 15 year old “girl’s” writing would intimidate an organization as influential as the Taliban? Yet it did, and did so ferociously as well.

Well, let’s be grateful to this Islamist organization, for now the world is watching over young Malala, protecting her with their thoughts, wishes and prayers. Although in recovery and yet to go in for her final operation, Malala is stable.

The world is so proud of this brave girl that she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the ruling Labor Party of Norway.

To not be allowed to express yourself, to be oppressed in your own nation, among your own people is oppression indeed. Malala is a living example to all people out there to not fear the power of words and thoughts. Don’t let yourself be choked by anyone.

In light of Ms. Yousafzai’s incident, let us not single out Pakistan as the nation that strangles its citizens for voicing their opinion. A nation that claims to be as secular and democratic as India arrested two girl for opposing the shut-down in Mumbai on Facebook post Bal Thackeray’s death.

Is this the kind of world we want to live in, where expressing one’s self, voicing one’s thoughts and opinions can result in getting arrested or being shot?

As said in “Cinderella Story,” “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” In this case, don’t let the fear of being shot keep you from voicing yourself!

Shreya Kalra

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