But is this enough for her to receive an award that has been bequeathed to the likes of Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi? Eminent film director and a very vocal person Mahesh Bhatt said, ?The world knows that her life is of great value and she is courageous. She is an icon and symbolizes what youth of that region feels and thinks. The value for which she stands is admirable and age should not be a factor as she is talking about gender inequality, empowerment of women. She is asserting her right of education and trying to turn a page in history and hence is deserving of the honour.?
Seconding him was Onir, director of 'My Brother Nikhil' feels, ?sixteen years in her part of the world and also in ours is enough to treat a girl as a women. So the age should not be a factor. She has been voicing her opinion a long time before the Taliban's shot her. She is trying to get the world's attention to the subject of women and children, which is often not given due importance because of other issues.? But the award does not come alone and it bears with itself responsibility and a huge amount of cash, which can easily go to a teenagers head.
However, Onir disagrees and said, ?but why are we assuming that she would stop doing her work if she wins the Peace prize. Does a Gold medalist in an Olympic race stop running because he/she has won a medal?! On the contrary Malala would be a role model and people would want to raise their voice against the brutalities of Taliban regime.?
Till date the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner remains Sir William Lawrence Bragg, who got the award at the age of 25. So if Malala gets the honour, she would create history as she always does. Kiran Bedi, a social activists and a retired IPS officer takes a very different opinion to the whole issue. She feels, ?it is a little too early for Malala, unless the Nobel Peace Prize committee forms a different section like an 'emerging leader' as there are others who have been and are still fighting a very long battle towards the same goal and we should respect them first.?
While most of the people concentrated on Malala as a contender, Kavita Krishnan, who is a social activist questioned the politics of the Nobel Peace Prize. She raised a question, which was very popular in 2009 when Barack Obama won the award and many felt that the honour was governed by politics and is not objective. Although Krishnan said that she is very impressed by Yousufzai's courage and her determination to get her education, but she would not expect Malala to know about the political issues in her homeland.
She further added, ?No one would give RAWA a peace prize, who is a dedicated women's group activist in Afghanistan as they speak against Taliban dominance and the US army's intervention in the region.?
According to a New York Times documentary, one in every five girls in the Swat region goes to school, which is currently under the Taliban regime. With the debate whether Yousufzai's should receive the honour or not, her work and her voice is getting neglected. If she gets the award and this brings some kind of relief to the women in the Taliban region, then there cannot be a better outcome. Malala Yousufzai should attain her goals and do what she is best at doing- speak out for the silenced section of our world.