Two extraordinary young women are the center of discussion in this essay. The first M, is Miley Cyrus and the second M, is Malala Yousafzai.
Miley, is in the news today for all the wrong reasons: nudity, obscenity and the bohemianism she is promoting. Malala, is also in the news but for all the good reasons: her fight against the regressive and perverted mind set of not only the Taliban but of the entire society she lives in, still optimistically striving, engaged in the real jihad against inequality and injustice meted to her kind.
Miley, born in the USA, a country blessed with everything, from whichever angle you look at. Malala, born in Pakistan, where the majority of the population lives below the poverty line; a place where it is not a necessity, but instead a luxury, that only a few lucky or rich enough can afford to send their children, especially girls to school. Miley in a cliché was born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth, though these days she has her mouth full with other things.
Miley, with all her antics on and off the stage, as she lives in the country which affords its citizens the inalienable fundamental rights of freedom of thought, expression and association, can lead her life the way she wants. Malala , on the other hand being a girl, is a second-rate citizen of a culture that equates freedom of thought and of expression with blasphemy, therefore, she has to think a hundred times before she utters a word or takes a step in any direction, because of what her saying or action may be construed as. In short, Malala lives among, perverted, mentally and morally bankrupt humans.
Miley is blessed with the finest material and psychological makeup that anyone, especially the fine gender can and do wish for. Malala is lucky enough to be alive today, as most female fetuses are aborted; still no better than a beast of burden, to be punched at and kicked around at will.
Miley, a role model for her generation, a generation lost to hard rock, cocaine, alcohol, pornography and without impunity engaged in unchecked sex. Malala, also a role model to her generation, has but no choice other than to observe purdah, pray five times a day, be an obedient daughter, a caring sister to her other siblings, and in the future, hopefully be a model wife. She will only be able to cultivate and nurture her talents, and pursue her dreams, if her husband allows otherwise she will have no other option but to spend her life cocooned within the four walls of her in-laws house.
Miley, can choose her mate or soul mate and after a year, a month or just a week realize that she has made a mistake and file for divorce, get divorced and move on with her life, as simple as to use and then discard a tissue or toilet paper. Malala, on the other hand can’t even dream of getting a divorce in the society she lives in because she will have to bear taunts and piercing jibes for the rest of her life.
This in short is the tale of two M’s. You have every right not to agree with what is written, but it is the truth, and nothing but the whole truth, so help me God.
Written by: Iftikhar Tariq Khanzada