Abhinav Athreya

Do you agree with Malala's fathers decision to not move out of the Swat valley even in dire situations?

Moitreyee Mitra I read this book and your question now. However, the question is just as pertinent today as it was 2 years ago. How or when does one decide to leave one's home? Malala refers to a couplet she hears from her grandma about Pashtuns leaving only out of poverty or for love. She finds another reason which finally compels her and her family to leave the lives they built, the schools they were running, or the girls they were supporting in their own house. She mentions being accused of trying to set up a life of luxury abroad even though at the moment of actual displacement she is not even in her senses to be part of the decision. The Pakistani government facilitates their continued stay in UK by appointing the father in their embassy, probably gauging the danger that persisted back home. So many people seeking asylum and being questioned why they left, the opposite of what you were asking. Should one stay and struggle to better one's situation or decide that all that is needed is peaceful day to day living, wherever that may be? These are decisions each individual or family makes separately when in these godforsaken circumstances. Malala, she's gutsy and from the tone of her book and from her interviews I think she'll go back though she will do valuable work wherever she might be.
Aparna Herlekar it was really a risky move by staying in a dangerous place when you could get out of it. but the reason given by malala's father was also true. how can you leave your own place, just because it is dangerous? thinking emotionally you can't leave it . so, i think that we can think this decision from both the point of views. practically and emotionally.
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