Malala Yousafzai : The Girl Who Was Shot By The Taliban

I am Malala, The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai is an inspirational story which proved that the pen is mightier than the sword.



Fanatics, conservatives, and narrow minded people are more afraid of an educated person. Because they are aware that they can’t answer their meaningful and logical questions.


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Malala Yousafzai, The Education activist


Especially, when an educated woman questions them and their heinous motives. Then, either they try to malign her character or they made sure that she will be silenced forever.


Malala Yousafzai is one of the many courageous woman out there who questioned them. And in return they tried to kill her.


So, here the questions arises.


Who is Malala Yousafzai?


Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize winner until now. 


She won the Nobel Peace Prize along with the Child activist Kailash Satyarthi of India.


She is a vocal activist for the female education. 


And according to her education is the basic fundamental right of every children out there.


Early life :-


Malala Yousafzai was born on 12 July 1997 to Ziauddin Yousafzai and Toor Pekai.


She is from the beautiful valley of Swat, Pakistan.


She was named after the Malalai of Maiwand, the greatest heroine of Afghanistan.


Although, Malala is a renowned personality now. But, the person who supported her through thick and thin is her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai.


Before we talk about Malala and her story let’s discuss about her father.


Who is Ziauddin Yousafzai?

Ziauddin Yousafzai is a Pashtun from the Yousafzai tribe. And the father of Malala Yousafzai.


He started the Khushal School in the City of Mingora, Swat.


And it was in her father’s school where Malala received her early education.


The curious mind, the habit of reading good books, helping the downtrodden people are some of the many traits which Malala received from her father.


This man is an example for others who think that educating girl child is not necessary. The way he supported his daughter is laudable.


In fact, the world needs more men like him. Who are brave and will stand by with their daughters.


Why Malala was shot by the Taliban?

We need to understand the context before answering this question.


I’m sure most of you have somewhere heard the name the Taliban. If not then i’ll try to explain in a layman’s words.


The word Taliban came from ‘Talib’, meaning student.


Those people who study in the madrasas (Islamic religious institutions) are known as the ‘Talibs’. 


And the Taliban is the plural form of Talib. 


I hope now you understand the meaning behind the word, The Taliban.


After the World War Second, the two eminent powers who ruled over the world were the Soviet Union (Now Russia) & the USA.


These two countries hated each other like snake and mongoose.


So, in the year 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. And with that invasion started the ‘Afghan Jihad’ (1979-1989).


United States of America, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia funded, armed and trained those Afghans who later on became famous as the Taliban.


Especially, Pakistan used them as their Proxies against their arch-rival India, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.


Although, the Soviet Union was defeated badly by the combined forces of Afghan mujhadeens and the support of the countries mentioned above.


But, it unleashed some of the forces who became beyond the control of anyone.


Especially, after the incident of 9/11, when United States launched the so-called ‘War on terror’.


Like Soviet Russia, they also invaded Afghanistan (2001- until now) to capture the head of the Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.


When United States invaded Afghanistan at that time, The Taliban (1996-2001) was ruling there.


Although, they had caught and killed the man who was behind the incident of 9/11, Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad, Pakistan.


But, the same forces had gathered in and around the tribal areas of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan.


Around 2007, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was formed. 


The motive of this terrorists organization is to implement the Sharia law all over Pakistan. And to Talibanise the whole country.


In 2007, The Pakistani Taliban came to the swat valley. The homeland of Malala.


Their leader was Mullah Fazlullah, also known as the Radio Mullah. Because he used to give his ludicrous sermons on FM.


Like the Afghan Taliban, they started implementing their inhumane agendas.


First they banned the music, destroyed the historical statues of Buddha (The Pride of Swat), telling men and women how to dress.


And finally, they banned the girls from going to school.


For Girls like Malala, Education is like oxygen and without it you can’t survive for long.


She and her father started opposing such kind of ban. 


They gave several interviews to national and international media organisations about the situation in their valley.


In fact, they became Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in their own country. 


Because, the Pakistani army launched the operation to remove the Taliban from the Swat Valley.


Although, their army was partially successful in removing the menace of the Taliban from the valley. But, the threat was always there.


When Malala and her family came back to the city of Mingora. She and her father started their school again.


And for Taliban, a pen, a book, is more dangerous than Kalashnikov and nuke.


That’s why on 9 October 2012, a Talib, shot Malala Yousafzai and her two friends on the school bus.


She was almost dead. But, as they say,


‘No force on Earth can stop an idea whose time has come’.


Not only her life was saved by the smart work of several doctors and nurses. 


But, it also gave her mission a boost throughout the world.


The mission to make sure that every child receives a sound and just education.


Is Malala Yousafzai an inspiration or an imposter?


As they say,

The beauty lies in the eye of the beholder


People like Abdul Ghaffar khan & Barack Obama are the inspiration for Malala.


Although, she wants to be an influential Politician like Benazir Bhutto.


But, being a politician is not everyone’s cup of tea. Especially, in a country like Pakistan.


The story of Malala is an inspiration for many. But, her activism is selective. 


She talks about the rights of minorities of every other country.


But, when it comes to the Minorities of Pakistan she can’t spell a single word.


And selective activism is as uncool as selective humanism.


Her story not only tells us the importance of education. But, it also gave us an important message that a country without pluralism, secularism and humanism is unsafe not only for women but for every sane human out there.


And it’s our responsibility to raise our voice and protect everyone out there who is working for the humanity and planet Earth, without looking at her religion, caste, creed and ethnicity.


I will conclude with this bon mot :-


‘One Child, One Teacher, One Book & One Pen Can Change The World.’



My Ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)


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Namaste reader, My name is Yash, and books for me are like a medicine, which removes my ignorance and also helps me in behaving more like a human.Though I live in the world’s largest democracy, India, but when I look around, I realized that this democratic nation of mine has turned into a kind of feudal oligarchy or kleptocracy, where people from a particular community or I would say particular surname has hijacked this democracy, and the political parties in India has turned itself into a kind of family enterprises where the family members are the only shareholders. And I want to change this, and books are a weapon which is helping me, so that I can help others and my nation.Shukriya for reading this Thought of mine.

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46 Responses

  1. Ritika Jain says:

    Yet another beautiful piece of writing.
    Great compilation and explanation of the facts.
    Education makes people easy to govern and impossible to enslave. It is a weapon to change the perspective and remove the ignorance . It has a big role to play to bring a change and making this world a better place to live in.
    True, we must respect the people who stand for the right.
    Thanks for an enlightening article.
    Keep doing the good work.👏👏

    • Thanks a lot for this enlightening comment. And Yes, Analytical education is a tool through which People can fight Ignorance and bigotry. I’m glad that you liked it (:

  2. Prabal Singh Nain says:

    After Mahatama Gandhi….this article is worth to read….well written brother….I know few things about malala…. but you give a pack of knowledge on malala….so this time no questions from my side….😉 But I want to know that in how much time you write this article…??

  3. Anil samadhiya says:

    I love the article . Really a great story earlier i heard this but not so much. This tym i got some more detail about her. GIRLS EDUCATION IS NECESSARY IN EVERY COUNTRY . THEY AE NOT FOR ONLY HOUSE CHORES.


  4. Jessi says:

    You wrote it well. I have no other comments than “we should educate more girls” if girls are not educate well she will not know how to mixed up the ingredients and spices for food, it might become a poison instead of a healthy food. Thank you for this articles it gives me more inspiration. Presently I have 5 adopted childrens for a time being. I want them to get their education, find them jobs and return back to their families and let them look for them in return. Your articles gives the confidence that there is no impossible things when we are willing to do it.

    • First of all thanks for giving ur time and going through this article. I’m glad that you liked it. You are also doing a great work. Keep it up. And yes, Education is a must for every children out there irrespective of his or her gender. Keep reading (:

  5. Grishma says:

    Beautifully written

  6. Mickey says:

    you write well, and how you tell the story, just keep doing what you are doing.

  7. Lekshmi says:

    It’s very interesting article when ever I read

  8. Madelene says:

    Education is like oxygen…I agree on women empowerment through education…when a woman is educated she builds her Future

  9. Aishwarya says:

    Got hooked from the very 1st line and remained till the end. Your articles are enriching for people from every walk of life. I am so glad that you came with an article on such an inspiring and important persona, emphasizing not only on the brighter sides but also on her shortcomings like she refuses to speak on pakistani minorities!!! This one is a mix of inspiration, criticism, contemporary values and a lot more. Keep up the good work👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

    • Shukriya, Aishwarya for this enlightening comment. You’ve not only read the Article but you’ve also observed it pretty well. Kudos to you. And thanks for giving ur time and going through it. I’m glad that you liked it. Keep reading (:

  10. Sarangdhar says:

    Well written…👍🏻

  11. aishwarya says:


  12. Saundarya says:

    Very very good! To start with, yes, it is not wrong to state that behind every successful there is her father who supported her and didn’t put an ear to the society!
    Whatever Malala has achieved has a major chunk of credit that goes to her father. Respect for him!
    Another point I must mention is how courageous and ferocious a women can be when it comes about her own terms, her way of life, her way of defining life is an example that Malala has set.
    This book is a must read and undoubtedly Yash, you have reviewed it very well!!! Amazing work! Keep it up!

    • Thanks, Saundarya for this lovely comment. Whatever you’ve mentioned in ur comment is true to its core. I’m glad that you’ve found it readable. Thanks for going through it. And keep reading 🙂

  13. Naj says:

    Nice sharing. Keep it up

  14. Sinthia Oishi says:

    She is a inspiration for all girl. I will say every person should learn from her life specially girl.Thanks for sharing this article……. 😊

  15. Shani says:

    Wow wow wow, its a Great article. You know to written with good and giving explanation with good way too. Proud of u, brother.
    Okey i am a teacher from Indonesia. I agree that Education is very important for all of us. And especially, parents are the first environment where education originates, where education begins. as parents, we must be able to be a good example for children, and from this article we can see that the education of parents is indeed very lasting and shapes a child in his life when he grows up. Okey, i hope you all are deal with me 😊

    Btw, i want to say thank you, because this article i know about malala. I didn’t know her before. She is very inspiring and brave and he has a great father, who inspired him first. a father like that is what is needed in this world. I totally agree with these words ”
    Malala’s story has been an inspiration to many. However, the activism is selective.
    He spoke about minority rights in every other country. ”

    Salam Pendidikan dan salam Damai for us…

    • Thanks a lot for this beautiful comment. I’m glad that you liked it and learnt about Malala Yousafzai. Keep reading and do Share it with ur friends and family alike. Keep reading (:

  16. felicha says:

    Great article 😃 I already little know about this girl but here, I can more know and understand about this girl. The woman in this world must be like Malala. Her brave, her character and her spirit to chage world be better place. Thanks Yash for write this article 😀

  17. Dinusha says:

    You have nicely written the article.. This article is the one that I like most among your articles.. Keep doing the good work..

  18. Mamta says:

    Very well written… I know a bit about her but it helps me to know her more…as everyone has some story to say n inspire she also has… and we cant miss her father support in her life too…that is an inspiration for all in this ever changing world
    Well done…Keep writing😊

  19. Meera says:

    You write amazingly well! I was only focused on your style writing. The way you Connected Every word. I love it. You made it so clearly :). Actually I recently read another articles about malala. I read all comments below those articles And i found some people dislike her. To be honest, I have never grasped the whole political side of this incident or Malala’s role and I won’t try to either. However, I also refrain from spreading hate and basing my opinions on what I hear from the masses rather than the facts. And I think that’s what many people focus on in general. I think everybody have their own perception. I don’t mind of it . I just wanna say that malala is a Courageous woman, because to stand up for an education in the midst of threats by the taliban and other extremists, takes guts. It takes guts to take a bullet and to get back on your feet to fight for education despite having so many threats. Meanwhile you did lovely work. Keep it up Genius man :))

    • Thanks a lot for this enlightening comment. The way you have expressed urself is too good. Glad that you liked it. And thanks again for giving ur time and going through this article of mine (:

  20. Ameena says:

    Its a beautiful piece and an inspiration for all women like me

  21. Ristia says:

    i like this article

  22. Irene says:

    These article..give so much about the value of life..
    And I couldn’t agree more..
    Human beings should work together to create a better world for the sake of many.. especially for the children..
    Your article is such an eye opener.
    Thanks for introducing it me.

  23. Tyra says:

    I like her life story. Very inspirational. Thank you Malala for helping other girls in their education through Malala Fund.
    Thanks Yash as well, without this article I would not know Malala and her story. Keep it up… 🙂

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