The Malala truth

While condemning one part, let's not forget the other

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AJAZ UL HAQUE

Malala Yusufzai symbolizes a truth whose both sides are equally chilling. Focussing on one side makes us conveniently forget the other. There is no doubt that the West is projecting Malala as a peace brand against what they call as `Muslim terror'. Their approach to the whole Malala phenomenon may well be to demonize Muslim world. What Americans have done by victimizing innocents in Iraq, Afghanistan and a host of other regions is a dreadful tale of terror. Now the same perpetrators of crimes against humanity condemning terrorism and honoring a victim as their brand ambassador of peace makes the cruelest possible joke of the time.
Well, that half of the story will not invite any contention. What makes us a little hesitant is accepting the other half which is equally shocking or in some respects more.  The Western plans of hegemony apart, Malala does represent a collective victimhood of those ill-fated voices that were silenced by their own people in their own countries. If the truth on the Western side is ugly, on the Eastern it can be uglier. The oppression done in the name of ideology in this part of the world is no less in effect than the fear unleashed in the other part. Power has spoken through a brute force – here, there everywhere.
Malala may be projected as a Western brand, but Malala undoubtedly embodies courage. Hers is an exemplary story of survival, resolve and commitment. The sweetest part of her speech was its tone and drift. Given the horror she has been through and the protection she is now being given by the world at large, one would expect her approach to be hostile, which it wasn't. She didn't want to shoot them who shot her in the head. And that is where the real peace lies. Beyond revenge and retribution. That is where we can redeem ourselves of what we have done in the past. The whole secret of our deliverance lies in our approach to our problems. Gagging voices, silencing ideas and imposing our ways on the other can only make us live as bullies, but won't actually let us contribute towards life. The cheerleaders of United Nations showering praise on this innocent girl may sound villainous in their smile, but that won't finish our story. Our story is our own – independent of what others have done. We have done no less and we must not let our confessions drown in the condemnations against the West.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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