He Named Me Malala

If you ask some motivation-addict that what is the difference in being average and being extraordinary? They would say-“Just a few steps across comfort zone is what makes you extraordinary.” Wow, That sounds cheerful for a moment. But how would it be if there is a group of terrorists asking for you, and would able to shoot you dead? And in that situation, when that fanatic extremist asks about you, you speak out to save other people, “Yes, I am the one.” This needs enormous courage within. It is not just a few steps ahead of the comfort zone, It very far off the comfort zone. It is not possible just by those lifeless motivations you find on youtube.

One ordinary day, two men stopped the school van of Khushal School, Swat Valley, in which Malala Yousafzai, was travelling back to home, They opened the rear door, their face covered under a handkerchief. One of them asked, “Who is Malala?” Few girls fix their eyes on the only girl with an uncovered face. Few seconds passed in silence. The masked man placed his target with that revolver you would see old Bollywood movies,-Colt 45. Stillness shattered by 3 successive bullets of that gun.

Autobiography of Malala, “I Am Malala.” starts with scene of shooting, following by her birth and tell behind her name.

In the documentary on Malala, “He named me Malala” director Davis Guggenheim has showed that tell very beautifully with animation of Malalai of Maiwand, who encouraged the people of Afghan to fight against British invaders, and turned around losing battle. Afghan won that bettle, but Malalai got shoot, the flag in her hand.

History might have different without that one girl- Malalai of Maiwand.  They won that bettle because of passionate word she had spoken in that lame time. Male may be the maculline gender, but it must be the rich and stronge hearts of feminines gender who helped them to stand up.

The book follows the history of Pastuns and Pakistans. The eras of dicatatorships by Fanatic Army Generals, how polititions turned them down when Taliban took over Swat Velley.

Things started changing after Zia-ul Haq took power after coup at the tail of 1970, but situation worsen with Russia’s invasion on afghan. People of Pakistan sent their sons off the border to fight against invaders on the name of religion. They even bestowed their jewllery and money on the name of Islam, but what did/does the Taliban do with those money is not unveiled now. They first persuaded the poor(Not in materialistic manner) people of villages showing their their aim to protect the religion, and later when they became stronge enough to sustain any counter action, they enforced their non-sence rules on people.

They burned TVs and Cassettes to which they consider as the origin of sin. They banned all kind of entertainment. Instead of that they allowed radio. They basically hate western culture, It is funny that all those Pistols, Kalasnikovs, RPGs, Radios, truck and car were invented by western people. Mikhail Kalashnikov, Nikolaus Otto, Rudolf Diesel, Guglielmo Marconi, not even single person was Pakistani or Afghan. They were all from the western people.

Taliban started blast off school buildings saying that girls need not to learn anything, and boys must join Madrasas. They started flogging people publicly for their sin. They were self-proclaimed protectors of religion. It was dehumanized act, flogging females in public. Religions are for maintaining peace, not to disrupt tranquality. You just take glimpse of all countries facing humanitarian crisis, you will find that females and their children have to bear all this pain, sometimes because their husbund got shoot or killed in some kind suiside bombs.

As Malala mentioned in documentary “Education was a threat to them. Education gives you power to question things. The power to challenge things. To be independent.” Those hypocrate Mullahs knew that if people would get education, they will not remain silent.

Once a reporter asked Malala, “Who would you have been if you were just an ordinary girl from the Swat Valley?”

“If I was an ordinary girl in Swat Valley… I am still an ordinary girl.  But If I had an ordinary father and an ordinary mother and a conservative family… then I would have two children now. So this would have been my future. You would have seen Malala sitting with her two babies.” Malala replied.

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Father of Malala, was among the people who had spoken out against Taliban. Malala followed his footsteps. In documentary, he has said,

“If you keep a silent, then you lose the right to exist.”

Malala initially started writing blog on BBC Urdu with pseudonym Gul Makai, later she started speaking publicly. Everyone believed, including her parents that Taliban would never come for a girl, but they were wrong. Malala has said once, “

“Who was the person who shot Malala?” asked Guggenheim, Director of the documentary to Ziauddin.

“It was not a person. It was an ideology.” said Ziauddin.

Chapter 21 and 22, both are very emotional. Tears popped out in corner of eyes while going through these two chapters. Both the chapter contains event took place after she got shoot.

When she got shoot, the entire would was praying for her. People wishes her for long life and fast recoveries, but there was also a negative impression in some people’s mind. Some said It was publicity stunt, some said it was against of Islam, some accused her for not unveiling her face.

Now, it does not matter what they said, Nobel committee selected her as a winner of Peace Prize along with Kailash Satyarthi in 2014. Now, the light follows her footsteps, unresolved issues are being reviewed.

“It is so hard to get things done in this world. You try, and too often it doesn’t work.  But you have to continue, and you never give up.” she said once.

Name:  I Am Malala
Writer: Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
Publication: Weidenfelf & Nicolson, London
Pages: 276
Price: ‎₹ 399/-
ISBN: 978-0-2978-7092-0

Name: He Named Me Malala
Director: Davis Guggenheim

Useful Link:
Malala Fund
BBC Urdu Blog

Being action junky, I always asked my self a question, whenever I write about such a situation, “What I have ever done to change the situation?” I completed the book since 15 days. But I was waiting for the answer. I did not find right answer I felt that at least writing on such a issue is also a step ahead, and so I picked up laptop and stared typing…




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