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March 7, 2013


As you all know from my prior posts, I am a big fan of this brave Pakistani girl Malala. So I was thrilled when I heard the news that Malala now is the youngest person in history to be nominated to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The conventional wisdom says Malala is a wild card entry. To have some perspective, the Yemeni peace and women’s activist Tawakkol Karman is the youngest winner having received the 2011 prize at 32. As noted by Berg Harpviken, The Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, “The youngest winners tend to be in their 30s and a 15-year old will be tough one to handle for the committee.”

I am hoping that the Norwegian Nobel Committee will draw inspiration from what has already galvanized people in SWAT, Pakistan, South Asia and indeed around the world. I’ll say to the committee be bold and make history… yet again. On Oct 12 announce Malala Yousafzai to be the winner of 2013 prize and you will have fired the imagination of One Billion girls around the globe who face untold odds in gaining self-reliance through education. And God knows. Malala is familiar with a few girls in SWAT who can use $1.24 million cash!’


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