True to Pakistani fashion, the nation is divided on who is Malala Yousafzai.
The analysis of the attitude of the people of the country paints a clear picture of the bifurcations and fractures in the Pakistani society. Overall, the people of Pakistan cannot agree on what Malala Yousafzai represents. Is she the pride of the nation or the latest instance of the ongoing Yahoodi-Nasara-Hindu conspiracy against the bastion of Islam?
In the race of getting the highest rating and hence the largest slice of the advertisement revenue, the media of Pakistan, print and broadcast fanned the debate without considering the consequences. The result is that while the girl has received a number of accolades and honors outside the country, she is considered as a traitor or even worse a heretic by a sizeable section of the Pakistani society.
The insurgents who did a lousy job at eliminating her actually made her famous. Thanks to all the sabre rattling by the Taliban about killing her of they would get another chance only made her the darling of the Liberal Fascists who adopted her as their mascot. Now the girl herself has illusions of grandeur and considers herself to be the next messiah of the people of Pakistan.
One important lesson of this debacle is that now the world knows how to manipulate the public opinion in Pakistan. In my opinion, Malala Yousafzai was a successful experiment that taught the media managers, both domestic and abroad valuable lessons on taming and directing the anger of the Pakistani public.
Malala Yousafzai will remain in limelight for a year or so after which she will be conveniently shelved with other media curiosities. Whenever the circus managers would feel the need of presenting the audience with a fresh young face spouting ‘liberal’ thoughts, Malala Yousafzai will be taken off the shelf, dusted off and thirsted upon the TV screens across the nation.