Asma, Malala, Oishee


Awards for Malala see no dearth but there is few or no award for Asma let alone for the Oishee. They are three teens from three predominantly Muslim countries. Asma al-Beltaji is an Egyptian martyred in police shootout during an anti-coup protest in August. Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani girl who was shot at by Tehrik-e-Taliban, Pakistan for her struggle against shutting down of her school in Khaiber-Pakhtunwa. And Bangladeshi drug-addict girl Oishee Rahman has recently hit the headline local dailies by killing her parents.

Everyone has a guardian though some have two guardians— one at home and one abroad. Fortunately! Malala had two. (Sorry Malala you didn’t experience the near-death thinking of having two patrons. You were rather surrogated by a second patron other than yours one in Pakistan) The first in question is different in terms of award luck but the second and the third have no guardians abroad. As the Asma was born innocent and wanted to remain the same. She didn’t compromise with the ideology or religion of nature she was born with. No state or agency or international bodies own Asma because she was uncompromising; no state own the 17-year-old girl, not even Iran because the girl is a Sunni not Shiite. Don’t talk about Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which houses Mekkah, patronized her killer not the Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammad al-Beltaji’s daughter. But Oishee, who was born innocent like Malala and Asma was compromising. She is modern; rather ultra-modern which is appreciated by capitalists and hedonist. (Sorry, Oishee you are rather victim of immorality and its secularist-military-capitalist patrons other than yours friends in Bangladesh). But she couldn’t have got some patrons abroad — viz yaba producing Myanmar, China and Thailand and phensidyle producing India. The companies, particularly around 200 phensidyle factories sprouted along Bangram in India to smuggle into Bangladesh only, in these aforesaid countries disowned her.

Three armies of the countries of these countries— Egypt, Pakistan and Bangladesh — are beneficiary of the US aid directly or indirectly.
In the last decade the Egyptian army received around 15 billion dollar from the US, next to 27 billion received by Israeli army, Pakistani army received 11 billion It is evident from the statistics that the more a country gets US aid the more it gets vulnerable both in terms of peace and prosperity. In 2010 FY the following countries received US army aid: Afghanistan 6.8b, Israel 2.799b, Egypt 1.3b, Iraq 1.0b, Pakistan 0.913b, Jordan 0.30, Somalia 0.2, Colombia 0.18b, Russia 0.13b, Sudan 0.1b, Mexico 0.96b and Poland 0.55b. The countries which receive US aid for their armies have the least possibility of people’s empowerment. In this regard the higher the aid the lower the possibility of democracy.

Bangladesh army apparently get no direct US benefit and the credit goes to the hardy and devoted soldiers-turned-peacekeepers of the country. But many analyst see it an opportunity and assistance to work for the UN peacekeeping missions abroad though not in cash. Thank Allah that our servicemen draw salary from government exchequer or taxpayer people. Everyone knows the US gives the highest amount of subscription for the United Nations which operate the peacekeeping missions around the world. Again thanks to the performance of the Bangladeshi soldiers, police etc the country sends the highest number of peacekeepers in the world earning only 500 million dollar out of 7.2-billion-dollar peacekeeping missions of the UN.

The international community is pouring in over 17 awards for the 17-year-old Pakistani girl. Yousafzai has won the following national and international honours:
International Children’s Peace Prize nominee, National Youth Peace Prize, Sitara-e-Shujaat, Foreign Policy magazine top 100 global thinker, Time Magazine Person of the Year shortlist, Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, Rome Prize for Peace and Humanitarian Action, Simone de Beauvoir Prize, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Doughty Street Advocacy award of Index on Censorship, Fred and Anne Jarvis Award of the UK National Union of Teachers, Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, Global Trailblazer, One of Time’s “100 Most Influential People In The World”, Premi Internacional Catalunya award of Catalonia, Annual Award for Development of the OPEC Fund for International Development, International Campaigner of the Year, Observer Ethical Awards, Tipperary International Peace Award etc.

Asma al-Beltazi, being killed by Egyptian army-installed govt, has so far attained a few drops of tears of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tyeb Erdogan. Of course, eyes of around sixty percent people of 8-crore strong nation who voted Dr Morsi to power democratically back in Egypt welled tears. That’s all. No write-up or feature on Asma hit Time magazine or Washington Post or anyone of 7000-10000 top circulated print media around the world. Or ten lakh camera crews of over 20000 television channels (at a rate of 50 cameramen for one TV channel) failed to take shots for broadcasting. Last but not the least she got a letter of acclaim (thanks Internet) from her beloved father that starts like this:

My beloved daughter and dignified teacher Asma al-Beltaji; I do not say goodbye to you; I say tomorrow we shall meet again.
You have lived with your head held high, rebellious against tyranny and shackles and loving freedom. You have lived as a silent seeker of new horizons to rebuild this nation to assume its place among civilizations.
You never occupied yourself with what preoccupies those of your age. Even though traditional studies failed to fulfill your aspirations and interest; you have always been the first in your class.
I have not had enough of your precious company in this short life, especially that my time did not allow me to enjoy your companionship. The last time we sat together at Rabaa Al Adawiya square you asked me “even when you are with us you are busy” and I told you “it seems that this life will not be enough to enjoy each other’s company so I pray to God that we enjoy our companionship in paradise.”
Two nights before you were murdered I saw you in my dream in a white wedding dress and you were an icon of beauty. When you lay next to me I asked you “Is it your wedding night?” You answered, “It is in the noon not the evening”. When they told me you were murdered on Wednesday afternoon I understood what you meant and I knew God had accepted your soul as a martyr. You strengthened my belief that we are on the truth and our enemy is on falsehood.
It caused me severe pain not to be at your last farewell and see you for the last time; not to kiss your forehead; and not be honoured to lead your funeral prayer. I swear to God, my darling I was not afraid for my life or from an unjust prison, but I wanted to carry the message you scarified your soul for; to complete the revolution, to win and achieve its objectives.
Your soul has been elevated with your head held high resisting the tyrants. The treacherous bullets have hit you in the chest. What spectacularly determined and pure soul. I am confident that you were honest to God and He has chosen you among us to honour you with sacrifice.
Finally, my beloved daughter and dignified teacher: I do not say goodbye, but I say farewell. We shall meet soon with our beloved Prophet and his companions in Heaven where our wish to enjoy each other’s company and our loved ones’ company will come true.
Dalia Rahman Oishee, the ambassador of a range of drugs, liquor, cigars and an epitome of all other sins a child can commit, committed the gravest crime on the earth. That was she killed her father and mother only to orphane herself and her younger brother Ohee. She was sent to school where she had to wear headgear and she disliked that and eventually dropped out of that. She was then enrolled in an English language school where she came in contact with more modern, more fashionable rather ultra-modern generation imbued with all sorts of sins though not crimes. She spent three times higher than his father’s income, buying whisky, cigars, drugs and other sorts of liquors. Detective Branch of Police couldn’t notice, Anti-Corruption Commission couldn’t file a case against such seemingly corrupt guys, no suo moto was in place to officer in charge of Teknaf and adjacent border areas where the yaba is smuggled in from Myanmar. So the little girl was lost. Now yaba, phensidyle, hashish, opium and other liqour companies should be sued to compensate for the moral damage done to the once innocent little girl.

Rather we would arrange the teens in the following order— Asma, Malala and Oishee. Asma is the symbol of innocence, Malala the experience while Oishee is the epitome of ultra-modernism — a slippery way to moral decadence and total degeneration. Every human is born as Asma, most of them grow as Malala and falls as Oishee. All of them did what commoners don’t. Both Asma and Malala could have been famous and Oishee the infamous. Out of these trio only Malala is highly rewarded. The rest others were accorded or rewarded for their glorious (sacrificing life for democracy) or inglorious (killing father and mother) works.

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