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Is Malala a hero?

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For last one week Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) has been criticized by many for issuing the social studies book for grade 7 published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) for printing the picture of Malala Yousufzai next to 1965 war hero Maj Aziz Bhatti Shaheed in the list of important personalities. It has been said that book had been submitted to the PCTB for a review and to seek an NOC in 2019. However the board did not approve it for publishing after reviewing. The Oxford University Press has published book arbitrarily, despite not being issued the NOC. It is important make clear that The Oxford University Press is reputed publishing house and has worked for several years independently. It established in 1952 in Pakistan. As per their site

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Meanwhile Police and other agencies had visited shops, inquired about the book and read out the orders about confiscation of the book.

Pictures of few important personalities from Pakistan with huge services had been published on page 33 of the said book including Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Poitical Philosopher Allama Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Liaqat Ali Khan, world known philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan, Nishan-i-Haider recipient and war hero Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed and activist Malala Yousufzai and Nobel Prize Laureate after receiving shots in terrorist attack. Concerned fractions of society have raised brows over inclusion of Malala’s picture among such people.

Malala Yousufzai has always been in news for her controversial ideologies which do not coincide with Pakistan’s culture. Recently she has been criticized for attacking the sanctity of marriage institution in her interview with Vogue magazine. People seem to be divided over Malala Yousufzai’s picture on same page where Pakistan’s founding Father and many others who have bigger role played for people of Pakistan.

On social media specially twitter are asking her relevance in such list. Moreover Grade 7 is among top trends in Pakistan right now: Here are famous tweeps tweeting pro and anti Malala.

Tariq Rana tweeted in reply to Najam Seith’s tweet:

Najam Seithi a famous Journalist tweeted:

The dichotomy of views over Malala’s role as one of the heros of Pakistan is shown from tweets from tweeps. Many have called this decision commendable and several have condemned e.g. Ali Shaheen tweeted against her:

Farhat Ullah Babar said it is equal to distorting history:

While Nida Kirmani most likely made it anti feminist approach:

Haroun Rasheed denounced it old fashioned totalitarian far right, obscurantist shitshow. here is his tweet:

Kapil Dev’s tweet made a sense that Pakistanis would recommend Mumtaz Qadri who has been hanged for killing Salman Taseer in blasphemous case, and Khadim Hussain Rizvi~ a religious leader.

Fatima has called it foreign funded project:

Sadia has asked a valid question a to why she is among national heros?

PCTB had banned 100 textbooks calling these against the two-nation theory, which is base of Pakistan’s being. It is believed books shape the nations and books read on early stages of life make an impact for later ages. Hence making a point by groups of people on favoritism should not be a way to make national curriculum.

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Rubab Saleemhttp://www.rubabsaleem.com
Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times
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