70 years of rivalry be it in sports or on war ground, it is difficult for Pakistan and India to eye eye-to-eye. Though recently despite this rivalry at its peak both the countries came together to hate on Malala. Silver lining?
2 days after the abolishment of Article 370 by India when everyone was fighting the social media war someone noticed that Malala the Nobel Laureate and UN Messenger of Peace had not spoken a word on the topic. People got on her case, because everyone is a phuppo online, and started hurling conspiracy theories and curses at her. Such silence in much violence, why you do that?
On 8th August Malala tweeted this:
The people of Kashmir have lived in conflict since I was a child, since my mother and father were children, since my grandparents were young. pic.twitter.com/Qdq0j2hyN9— Malala (@Malala) August 8, 2019
Granted this is a pretty blah statement, it has no passion, no feels, not good adjectives and the tone is not active. My not-nobel-prize winner kid can write better that this and with more commitment. South Asia? Really? The whole of South Asia is your home? People didn’t require a lesson in geography, what they needed was for you to take a stand.
So then the backlash was deserved some would say.
Indians’ Reactions on Malala’s statement
Not a word against Pak sponsored terror in Kashmir. Someone who suffered a terror attack has no guts to speak against terror…!! Lost respect Malala 👎 https://t.co/4lXsAynrTk— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) August 8, 2019
Awww @Malala doesn’t care for suffering of Christian girls in her country who are sold off to the Chinese or for suffering of Baloch women raped by Pakistani army or for the plight of Hindu children who are abducted, converted and forcibly married to Muzlim men in Pakistan. https://t.co/o3QOtiQkok— Shefali Vaidya ஷெஃபாலி வைத்யா शेफाली वैद्य (@ShefVaidya) August 8, 2019
Tweeting a girl who got shot in Pakistan, left Pak for security reasons & now settled in UK. Such shame it is that someone who couldn’t live in her own country asking millions of people to live there. I dare you to get settled in Pak before you tweet this shit.#Malala #malaladay pic.twitter.com/qyoP90JEf1— Ankita Srivastava (@Ankita_xxx) August 8, 2019
There are hundreds of reactions like these. Not surprising though.
Pakistanis’ Reactions on Malala’s statement
Malala’s tweet shows she is more concerned about her Indian Twitter followers than the plight of the #Kashmir people.— Dr Saqlain Shah (@DrSaqlainSh) August 8, 2019
*A ferocious cat attacks a mouse, suffocates it to death, shreds it brutually spilling blood all over*— Baji Please (@BajiPlease) August 8, 2019
Malala: The cat & mouse have lived in conflict since I was a child, since my mother & father were children since my grandparents were young & I believe we all can live in peace
My sympathy for Malala ends today after her pathetic post. Expected more from someone who got shot in the face. 1000s have been murdered & buried wrapped in our flag in Kashmir!— Mariam’s Madness (@mariamsmadness) August 8, 2019
Damn you, ur Dad & ur Peace Prize. People were right about you. Fuck you traitors. Pakistan Zindabad! https://t.co/pIU1d0PYaj
I am not saying that she (her father) put out this “both sides”, watered-down statement just to quite down the criticism Malala faced over the last few days for continuing her silence on Indian atrocities in #Kashmir, but that’s exactly what I am saying https://t.co/yde7QRdz15— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) August 8, 2019
Some would say haters gonna hate, and that is true, but if we make it hard for them to justify that hate the joke will be on them. As a public figure your voice matters, your words matter. You could have made your statement count. You didn’t. Try again later?