Introducing a Female Gandhi: 16-Year Old Malala.

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 Malala Yousafzai amazing answer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

In 2012, the Taliban shot (then 14-year old) Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani education activist for girls’ rights to education.

In Swat Valley, the Taliban banned girls from going to school.

The Taliban gunmen’s attempt to kill her failed. They wanted her dead because of her open—though, under a pseudonym—stance against the Taliban rule forbidding girls from receiving education.

She wrote a blog detailing her life under the Taliban rule. She made a full recovery from the gunshot wound in England. She was the youngest ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. (It was awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.)

The bookI Am Malala, and now a petition in Malala’s name by the UN, demands all children worldwide to be in school by the end of 2015.

When interviewed by Jon Stewart, Malala proves herself to be a true female Gandhi by advocating a fight through peace, rather than with cruelty, or violence. When asked about how she reacted when she found out the Taliban wanted her and her father dead, she said:

‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, “That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.'”

Her response parallels Gandhi’s famous quote, “an eye for an eye would leave the whole world blind.” She fights, like Gandhi, as a peaceful warrior, a full-hearted being, with both of their weapons being that made of peace, compassion and knowledge.


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Krista Katrovas has had over 27 articles published in nationally recognized magazines. She teaches Yoga in Prague, Czech Republic every July and calls Kalamazoo, Michigan Home, Sweet, Om, where she teaches and practices Yoga, Spirituality, Shamanism, and pursues writing. She can be reached at her website.


8 Responses to “Introducing a Female Gandhi: 16-Year Old Malala.”

  1. Tara says:

    HHDL was quoted a few years back by saying, "The world will be saved by the western woman." After seeing Malala, this quote is starting to make sense. "The Western Woman" and "her" philosophy is spreading across the globe, helping to liberate and educate all human beings.

  2. Krista says:

    Lovely sharing. I do remember that quote by HHDL. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to post. YES, to education for women, girls everywhere! Education is power, and the Taliban doesn't want women to gain power. All Beings everywhere be free from suffering! Blessings.

  3. gdr23 says:

    I knew from the moment I heard her speak that she is an old soul. Couldn't figure out who….Gandhi! Yes!

  4. Linda V. Lewis says:

    She along with Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Duu Kyi, and 2 others are now honorary Canadians!

  5. tishushu says:

    Is it IMPOSSIBLE for Elephant Journal to talk about Malala without reference someone else? First it was John Stewart's reaction to her words, and NOW she is being referenced as being a female Gandhi. This young woman is phenomenal and powerful in her own right, but if referencing MEN is the only way to get people to read articles about her, that is sad. Please just let her shine!

    • Krista says:

      It's time women, girls, do just that, SHINE!!!! ANd they do. Remember female gods were the first deities that mankind worshipped. Like Mother Teresa, like Eleanor Roosevelt, Pema Chodron, and so many more, this is truly about Malala being powerful and profoundly graceful. Not at all about comparing men to women, but rather the power of the human spirit. Not a gender comparison at all, and her actions were very Gandhijish, in how she chose to face adversity, possible death, with profound compassion, non-violence (which she mentions, which was demonstrated fully by Gandhi. Her strength, and bravery, undoubtedly transcends gender identify, and linking her to being equal to Gandhi is in honor of her own greatness. One I am positive she herself would be honored in receiving. And let's not forget, she's not only powerful, she's also still at teenager. Pure brilliance. Blessings.

      I was able to visit Canada for the first time this year, ever, and it was magical! Such a truly friendly place, at least to me. Good for Canada for making her an honorary Canadian, she is deserving, and truly an honorary example of all humankind. Another example of a peaceful warrior. Blessings.

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