On Vijayadashami, people celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur. This day signifies the victory of Good over Evil. Here evil can be anything like negative thoughts, bad behavior, cheap mentality, physical or mental violence, bad old rituals etc. Today we have brought together stories of 5 personalities who fought with such kind of evils and became victorious.
1) Malala Yousafzai
She is the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement. Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban aged 15, was given the award for her campaigning for universal education.
2) Sonita Alizadeh
An Afghan teenager, who has experienced horrifying reality of child bride sale at the age of 10 and 16, is taking a stand and protesting her country’s practice of selling child brides by resorting to music. In an emotional conversation she said, “When my mother made a decision to sell me, I didn’t give up because I had designed a shiny future in my mind for myself.” Her story tells that if you’ve set your mind on something you will be able to achieve it.
3) Lizzie Velasquez
She has a rare neonatal progeroid syndrome due to which it’s impossible for her to gain weight. She had faced abuse on social media where some people called her “world’s ugliest person”. When she was born, doctors told Velasquez’s parents that she would never speak or walk, but she proved doctors wrong. She is able to speak and talk properly. She is a motivational speaker now and she had given a TEDx talk called “How do you define yourself?” Her story help us to understand it’s not what other thinks of us but it’s what we think of ourselves that matters.
4) Kangna Ranaut
A small town girl, who was ignored by everyone and whose accent made everyone snigger, is now Bollywood’s genuine star. Despite of the struggle, opposition from family, people’s daunting comments, she had made her mark in film industry. She is real “Queen”. She has been the recipient of two National Film Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Fashion (2008) and Best Actress for Queen (2014).
5) Yeonmi Park
Yeonmi Park is a human rights activist who was born in North Korea. A North Korean defector faced the repressive North Korean regime in her early life. After her epic escape by bike, Yeonmi Park devoted herself to revealing the brutal truth about North Korea.
May goddess Durga give courage to everyone to fight with evil in our life. Happy Vijayadashami! 🙂
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