There are many hypocritical self proclaimed liberals/intellectuals in India who are shedding tears and acknowledging the bravery of #Malala Yusufzai, who just won the Nobel peace prize. These will be the same people who will be supporting drone strikes by the imperialists in Pakistan in the name of fighting “terror”. You will not find them shedding tears for the many innocents, including children, who are killed or their lives are destroyed by the imperialist aggressors.
Apart from these hypocrites too, there is of course a large section of nationalist [Hindu] citizens who are seen expressing their solidarity with Malala . It can be asserted with a fair degree of certainty that a vast majority of them are doing so because they see in Malala an enemy of what they consider the enemy – the ‘other’ – the Muslims and particularly Pakistanis [often, in their Hindutva-ized conceptual space, overlapping categories] and hence an ally.
The same is definitely true for the mainstream media – which spares no opportunity to paint a monstrous image of Pakistan [of course that nation state and its authority figures are hardly worth praising any more than India’s ] and to increase the inter-nation animosity through staunchy Hinduized nationalistic rhetoric [why, haven’t you become habituated to Arnab Goswami’s nostrils flaring all the time , just barely falling short of shouting anti Pakistan slogans inside the newsroom?!], is making such a generous portrayal of Malala. Would they have done the same if a human rights activist condemning the respective rogue-occupier states from Kashmir/Palestine would have received such an “award’ [I denounce the politics of such “awarding” especially in a capitalist regime but that’s a topic beyond the scope of this present discussion], which of course seems rather absurd given the balance of powers in the world scenario…
So one needs to take this artificial euphoria over Malala’s award winning very skeptically. Malala has openly said that she wants to take part in active politics and wants to become the country’s supremo as well [I hope the latter position she will later change but it is of course a positive thing that she wishes to take the politics of liberalizing the extremist society seriously.] However, one may of course argue that she is being usurped or appropriated by the imperialist clique and the international capitalist brigade is trying to accommodate her radical agenda against Islamist extremism for furthering its own interests…This is not to deny her contributions towards democratizing society for women in Pakistan, at least in a limited way but to gauge how individual or even collective efforts can be jeopardized and even hijacked for serving the interests of the ruling elites.