Malala Yousafzai stood a poised young lady at a special session of the UN, asking the world to bring change “one book, one pen, one teacher” at a time. Shot in the head by the Taliban, for the apparent sin of going to school, on Friday she bought tears to many an eye, as she spoke with the voice of all Pakistanis. The brutal attack changed nothing in her life, she said, except that “weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.” The appalling incident that nearly killed her shot her to global celebrity status. Her company is now considered a special honour and coveted awards continue to accumulate. She is recipient of National Youth Peace Prize of Pakistan and Simone de Beauvoir Prize of France. She has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Noble Peace Prize, with the distinction of being the youngest ever nominated for the latter prize.As Malala rose to address the United Nations on July 12, her 16th birthday designated as world Malala Day, she was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of 500-odd young boys and girls seated in the room along with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Special Envoy for Global Education David Brown, Britain’s former Prime Minister and a handful of other dignitaries. Ambassadors and envoys, who usually make up the audience left their seats to make room for the young, to enable them to fully imbibe her message “Education is the only solution”, she simply and lucidly prescribed to the house. It was a soul-stirring, eloquent, message, stressing the power of the book and the pen, rightly terming them “the most powerful weapons...One teacher, one book, one pen can change the world...I am here to speak up for the right to education of every child.” The rapt silence with which the audience heard her broke into thunderous applause, with a standing ovation when she concluded her address. Her words, “the power of women’s voice frightens the Taliban”, could not but haunt them for a long time to come. Endorsing her thoughts, the UN Secretary General said, “what extremists feared most (is) a girl with a book.” May there be many like Malala in Pakistan in the years to come, and may Malala’s bravery prevent them from harm. A proud moment for Pakistan when a young teenager does for it, what its leaders have not been able to achieve, communicate with a world audience with humility and grace. God bless the child.