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While my classmates complain about the “shit-ton amount of homework” they have, a 13-year-old girl in India is beginning her master’s degree in microbiology. That is no joke.
I think it’s so touching that Sushma Verma is able to continue pursuing her education, because her father wants her to become a doctor. He sold a piece of land his family owned and he works a lot in order to pay for her tuition.
Quote from article: “They allowed me to do what I wanted to do,” Verma said in an interview Sunday, speaking her native language of Hindi. “I hope that other parents don’t impose their choices on their children.”
When Malala Yousafzai was 14 years old, the Taliban shot her for going to school and for speaking out on the violence in her community and how girls are discouraged from going to school. She has a serene attitude about the opposition she has to face in her country even though she almost died. I find her Martin Luther King stance admirable, because I’m not close to that level of maturity.
The Facebook page Women’s Rights News posted today: In the key moment of the interview, Stewart asked her how she reacted when she learned that the Taliban wanted her dead. Her answer was absolutely remarkable:
I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’
This wonderful young woman made Jon Stewart speechless (which is another achievement in itself).
Why am I posting this? To give you perspective.