– WHY NOT SHE ASPIRE FOR SOMETHING BETTER?

| by N.S.Venkataraman

( October 12, 2014, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Malala Yousafzai, 17 year old wonder girl from Pakistan, is now studying in school in England and has been awarded Nobel prize for peace. Anyone who wondered as to how such an young girl can be given nobel prize would have changed their opinion, after listening to her acceptance talk delivered in English and Urdu and telecast extensively in television media, on receiving the announcement of the Nobel Peace prize.

Malala spoke about subjects of great importance like the need for protecting rights of women, need to defy the extremists who want the women in society to remain indoor and the need to promote an era of peace and cooperation between India and Pakistan. Her remarks about her desire to work in future with the co awardee for the peace prize Mr. Kailash Satyarthi who is an Indian, show her level of maturity and understanding.

Now, Malala has the best wishes of all right thinking people all over the world, who are immensely pleased about the Nobel prize awarded to her.

When asked during one of her interviews about her future plans, Malala said that she wants to become a politician and particularly Prime Minister of Pakistan. She explained that she originally wanted to become a doctor but then she changed her idea since doctor can service only small segment of community, whereas the Prime Minister can solve everybody’s problem.

Perhaps, some people may agree with her view and many others may dismiss her view as born out of childish innocence.

Obviously, Malala appears to think that the job of Prime Minister is the best one in the world. With little more education and perhaps after completing her school education and higher studies, Malala may understand that the job of prime minister is not the be all and end all of the jobs that one can accept.

Today, those who hold the position as prime minister or president of any country are essentially political creatures, who need to compromise with various values from time to time to retain their position. They need to somehow keep away their adversaries and have to be scheming all the time, which is part and parcel of the job.

Certainly, there are higher aspirations that can be achieved in one’s life than that of being a mere prime minister.

Ultimately, the world remember the people with respect who serve with honesty, high sense of social responsibility and feelings of compassion at any time for anybody.

People like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King who have not held any official positions are remembered by the whole world today, much more than the hundreds of presidents and prime ministers who have lived and passed away .

Malala, who shows lot of promises, obviously is capable of high thinking. The world looks for much more from her than being a mere prime minister.


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