I would like to welcome the gorgeous Veena Malik back for part 2 of our interview. Veena discusses the possibility of her blood being shed in an attack by the Taliban, tension in Indian and Pakistani relations, and women helping Pakistani men by speaking up.
Are men keeping women down because they fear that their lives will change too much if women have any knowledge and power??? If men learnt to gain a sense of independence by not having to rely so heavily on women for their day to day needs and for their social status, they would enjoy more control of their lives. They would not suffer from the exhausting constant tension of having to be on guard about the women in their life. Feeling relaxed and comfortable is an achievable human treasure that men in the rest of the world have attained by becoming more self sufficient.
The world has flourished and prospered by treating women well. The tradition of family, is still first, but the family can have a much better quality of life... including the men. Change is uncomfortable for people everywhere but the most successful people in the world are the ones that learn to recognize a better way and adapt quickly (without forsaking their religious beliefs.)
So, I'm thrilled to bring you more of Veena Malik.
Gabrielle Reilly: How have verbals attacks impacted your life Veena?
Veena Malik: Life is terrible for me. I have death threats back home but the reality is running away is not the solution. I will definitely go back there. I plan to live there. They will kill me maybe. Tomorrow there will be thousands of girls following me. Being human, I believe it is my right to live my life my way. Who are they to impose things on me? I know my limitations, but what are these double standards? Why, because I am a woman?
At the end of the day I have no choice facing all that, I don't want to run away, I want to live amongst those people in that country. I want to set an example for the woman of tomorrow, no matter if I have to pay a price, if my blood is shed, no problem. I have decided to stick to my idealism, to my beliefs so I will stand by what I believe in no matter the consequences.
Gabrielle Reilly: Well you're a very brave woman. I know you're going to get a ground swell of support from the rest of the world who view such violence against women as primitive.
Veena Malik: I hope, and the kind of support I am getting from America and European countries is tremendous. I am so thankful for all the modern people out there in the world. The women in Pakistan are really in big, big trouble.
Gabrielle Reilly: Is there anything we can do to educate the men to think differently about women? To show them how treating women so poorly is considered in the rest of the world.
Veena Malik: In today's so called modern society I am the first woman in all those years to stand up for her rights. That is the question I ask, where did I go wrong? I am an entertainer and I am doing my job. What difference have I done? I should be free to do what I want with my life. Man is a free person, the woman should all those rights and all that glory. I personally feel that instead of doing something about men, the woman should have faith in themselves.
I will give you a simple example like my Mum. She has been hit by my Father her whole life and she has never raised her voice against him. Even now she is living with him only because of her children, because of us. So I would say that it is the time that a woman has to stand up and raise her voice against all the miseries, against all the double standards, against all of the problems. That is the only way we are going to change the situation for the women of tomorrow.
Gabrielle Reilly: And so how have your family handled all your fame and controversy?
Veena Malik: I have always been very clear. If I believe in something then I will say it even if it is on national TV. I've had really serious threats and other controversies. Even my fans have been telling me not to come back to Pakistan because my life is in danger.
I have one major problem that I am facing right now; I am being sandwiched between the people of Pakistan and the people of India. There is a section of Indian people only hate me because I am from Pakistan, they have no other reason. There is a section of Pakistan who hates me just because I am working in India. There is another drawback, one is being a woman, being bold and outspoken I am paying a price and all those controversies against me and there is one more reason, because I am from Pakistan.
I'm a very patient and strong person when it comes to my mouth. I will always fight and let's see where it takes me. I'm still fighting and I am still in high spirits because I have the faith in myself that what I am doing will help so many women of my country in the future. So yes there is a reason and a cause that I am fighting and standing for.
Gabrielle Reilly: Well if there is anything that you ever need or anything you want promoted in America please call me anytime. I will send this out to all the producers, directors, journalists, billionaires etc that I know so people around the world can help support you and therefore the daughters of domestic violence and murder.
Veena Malik: That would be lovely. I recently I have had a few offers from America so I will probably be coming to America. I will definitely keep in touch with you and if I come to America I will definitely give you a call. I also did a seminar in Oslo where celebrities who want to make a better world speak out; I am one of those sort of celebrities.
Gabrielle Reilly: That would be wonderful; I very much look forward to seeing you and watching you have a great impact on the world.
On that note, there is one other cultural concept I would like to share with our readers. In Vietnam, surprisingly, the people live happily and in peace so soon after the Vietnam war. How? Their culture embraces "remembering to forget" any wrong doing. In fact they have a NATIONAL HOLIDAY dedicated to forgetting past conflict and looking toward a prosperous, peaceful future. The countries and people who focus on revenge, fight for thousands of years and live in sadness, poverty and instability. Revenge equals turmoil, but it is a choice. You can choose to move forward as the Vietnamese have done without seeking revenge. This path is the path to happiness and prosperity in your life. It can be a legacy you can leave your children and grandchildren so they can enjoy a better world. It is up to each and everyone of us to live our lives in kindness and peace so we can all flourish.
I look forward to our third interview coming next week. Click here for:
Veena Malik Interview Part 1
Veena Malik Interview Part 3