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Don’t Impose Patriotism on us!

This post is a reply to a particular article. You might want to read this before you go through my blog post: Shame on your Dad!

Okay, that’s an odd title. Pretty stupid. Shame on your Dad? Why on earth? Because he doesn’t share your beliefs?

The article is rooted in patriotism, the authority and LOG KYA KAHENGAY (Translation: What will people think?), PAKISTAN KA NAAM KHARAB KR DIYA (Translation: You have insulted Pakistan).

Pakistan ney kya kiya? (Translation: What did Pakistan do to her?)

Maybe, the message Malala is giving here is that she, as an individual, is more important than states and their bullshit. That we shouldn’t be born into religions, traditions, sects and even nations. That a human being should not be judged by where he/she comes from.

She can idealize Martin Luther King Jr and Oprah all she wants. And she can consider them more important than Fatima Ali Jinnah is she wants to. And she can prefer English over Urdu if she wants.

Let’s not forget that the East that you want to remind her of gave her a head shot too, not just Fatima Jinnah. Don’t forget that your air-conditioned bedrooms are probably too far away and clearly protected from the Taliban but she was living IN Swat. And do not forget, that all a 14-year-old wanted was to study in your EAST, in your PAKISTAN.

So before you remind an individual to give up on her individuality in the name of authority (in the shape of religion, nation, etc.) do not forget the fallibility of this authority. Do not forget the flaws of your beloved society. Do not take away her individualism because she stepped-up against the authority.

This was a really stupid argument (if it was an argument at all) that just sort of led me to rant rant rant!

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14 comments on “Don’t Impose Patriotism on us!

  1. Misha Khan
    October 10, 2013

    Haina!

    • hadeelnaeem
      October 10, 2013

      Basically.

      • 123XYZ
        October 11, 2013

        Thank you!

  2. hmkyz
    October 10, 2013

    stupid … what happend when advani praised quaid e azam … can u call him a great leader in india … can u call hitler a great leader in UK or isreal … can u call fidel or che a great leader in USA … if u can or if i can .. then ofcourse malala can as wel

    • hadeelnaeem
      October 11, 2013

      You are insisting on patriotism, Sir. There are people genuinely not interested.

      • hmkyz
        October 11, 2013

        interest … read the comments they are 50 50, by the way i am crossing 7000 hits a day

      • hadeelnaeem
        October 11, 2013

        You could be crossing 7000 hits because you are pissing people off. You might notice that the 7000 are neither commenting nor liking.

        Arfa is a hero, I never argued otherwise. Malala is an idea, not anti-Pakistani idea or an anti-Islamic idea but and idea on freedom of speech. She is what we need right now.

        Yes, she didn’t give us any awesome computer mumbo jumbo but she has told us how to stand against the wrong, even if it’s your own people.

      • hmkyz
        October 12, 2013

        so r u telling me that naseem hameed didnt stood against the odds

      • hmkyz
        October 11, 2013

        see i have nothing aginst the girl, the real hero was arfa karim randhawa , the youngest microsoft professional, the real hero is aisha gulalai … y cant u c that

      • Rashid Ali
        October 12, 2013

        Patriotism has no meaning in your dictionary then you r the rootless

  3. AQ
    October 11, 2013

    Haha Boom!

  4. Shahbaz Ahmed
    October 11, 2013

    HAHAHA She’s being partially disowned nationally because she is a walking example of the failure of writ-of-state

  5. Maryam Jamil
    October 22, 2013

    i want to say that if malala has become so popular then she should portray the positive image of Pakistan
    Whenever we are out of Pakistan we should remember that we must portray a good image of Pakistan
    so Malala as a Pakistani should also think about that too
    why there is Talibinazation in Pakistan
    think of it because Pak join hands with America and it causes destruction in our country
    Amierca should be blamed also which causes Talibization in Pakistan
    why no one is interested seeing this fact

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