Amidst all the cease fire violations on the indo- Pak borders, came news which wasn’t just news but also a virtual shield that halted the cease fire violations for some respectable number of hours. On 10th December 2014, Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan & Kailash Satyarthi from India jointly won the most prestigious Noble peace prize. This was a moment to be cherished by the advocates of indo-Pak unity, however for people like me such instances only wakes up the Sherlock in me.
Born on 12th of July 1997 Malala has in just 17 years of her life achieved what even those in 71 years do not. She probably the youngest women rights activist in the entire world and ironically she is still a teenage girl. She started as a BBC blogger wherein she used to write about her life under the regime of Taliban, later the Taliban shot her in the head but fortunately gods stepped down from heaven and the girl was saved. This close and successful encounter with death blessed Yousafzai not just with life but a glamorous one as well. Suddenly a girl living in the swat valley, Pakistan was given the Canadian citizenship and she came to be known as the youngest women rights activist in the world. What followed was a row of titles and awards being given to her. The latest one being the biggest ever.
In comparison her counterpart Kailash Satyarthi gave up his career as a teacher and became secretary general for the Bonded Labor Liberation Front, later he founded the Bachpan Bachaao Andolan that year. He has also been involved with the Global March Against Child labour, The international centre on Child Labor and Education, which are worldwide coalitions of NGOs, teachers and trade unionists. He has also served as the President of the Global campaign for Education right from its inception in 1999 to 2011. He even established good weave international…the list goes on. The point that I am trying to make is that there is vast difference between the works done by each recipient. The clear proof of the same is that when one looks up for Malala on the Wikipedia, there is no hyperlink to list out the work she has done. So was it merely the gunshots that ultimately led to her being awarded the most ‘prestigious’ of all, the Noble peace prize.
I do not condemn nor underrate what Malala stands for. She has been the sole young voice in the entire Pakistan to vouch for women empowerment yet what I believe is that awarding the Noble prize to someone as naïve as her will certainly jeopardize the sanctity of Noble prize, for there are numerous cases of people who escaped death and then stood up against the social demons which haunt their society most of these have even worked more on ground. The only difference is that they are not so well endorsed.
- Umang, student, Political Science