Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 for speaking out about girls’ education rights, has been interviewed by Jon Stewart for The Daily Show. Malala Yousafzai sat down with Stewart to talk about her views on education and terrorism and how she plans to continue her fight to open up classrooms for girls all over the globe. Stewart was quick to praise Yousafzai’s new book and express how privileged he felt to meet her. But it was the moment when she talked about how she would react to the terrorist who wanted to take her life that shook him most. The Nobel Peace Prize nominee said that when she learned she was a target while living in Pakistan, she often thought about how she would react if she found herself face-to-face with a terrorist. At first, she thought she would fight back. But then she realized, she could not stoop to his level.

“If you hit a Talib, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib,” she said. “You must not treat others with cruelty … You must fight others through peace and through dialogue and through education.” Once she decided she could not respond with violence, Yousafzai thought about what she would say to a terrorist. “I would tell him how important education is and that I would even want education for your children as well. That’s what I want to tell you,” she envisioned saying, “now do what you want.” 
After Stewart collected his thoughts, he made a pretty bold offer. “I know your father is backstage and he’s very proud of you,” Stewart said. “But would he be mad if I adopted you?” We were kind of thinking the same thing. We can't all adopt Malala, but we can support her fight for global education at the Malala Fund.

Jon Stewart is an American political satirist, television host and media critic, and he isn’t easily impressed. But last week, a 16-year-old Pakistani activist left this late-show host speechless when she talked about girls’ education rights and their implications in regard to poverty, health and basic human rights. One year after of being shot in the head by the Taliban she has recovered and dedicated herself to spur concrete action to provide compulsory education for young people worldwide. The Nobel Peace Prize contender explained that she does not want to take revenge on the man who shot her, because this would put her on the same level as the attacker. By contrast, she hopes to convince the man who tried to kill her on the importance of education, specially of providing education opportunities for girls and planning a different future for all. This teen has demonstrated the value of forgiving enemies. The person who lives thinking of retaliate fills his spirit of revenge; has his heart full of anger and is always restless with his mind constantly burning of hatred. (Editor's note).

Indian saints have classified the nature of human beings in three broad groups-'Sattvika', 'Rajasika' and 'Tamasika'. Sattvika people are wise, sincere, generous and non violent. As such they have an altruistic mentality and render disinterested (non-motivated) service. Rajasika people are egoists. However they are active and do good to others with the motive of getting a return of their actions for self-aggrandizement. They won't tolerate harm to themselves. They have got the spirit of taking revenge. Tamasika people are indolent, out and out egoists and of violent temper. They are indiscriminate in their pursuit of enjoyment, they completely disregard the interest of others and will do anything to fulfill their selfish desires. So ,'Sattvika', 'Rajasika" and 'Tamasika' people vary in their tastes, habits and nature.

Śrīla Bhakti Dayita Madhava Mahārāja :
“Realistic Solution for Diverse Humanity”
Speech at a ‘Spiritual Summit Conference’ 
1968 Calcutta - Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

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