Kailash Satyarthi Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2014

The most precedented news for a country that believes in peace, ahimsa and non-violence. Kailash Satyarthi, a social activist and child rights campaigner who has long been fighting for the rights of bonded-child labourers, has won Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 with Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan. The Nobel Peace Prize, is one of the greatest awards in human history. The only one that honors those who believe in serving humanity against all odds. The struggle against suppression and for the rights of children and adolescents contributes to the realization of the “fraternity between nations” that Alfred Nobel mentions in his will as one of the criteria for the Nobel Peace Prize.

An official press release said, “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace  Prize for 2014  is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their struggle against  the suppression of children  and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

The release further  added that, “showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining  Gandhi’s tradition,  has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful,  focusing on the grave exploitation of  children for financial gain, and He has also contributed to the  development of important international  conventions on children’s rights.”

Who is Kailash Satyarthi?

Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian child rights activist, who gave up his career as an electrical engineer over three decades ago to start Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save the Childhood Movement. Today, the non-profit organization is a beacon to many other organizations in India, involved in eliminating child trafficking and child labour. The organisation has also been working in the field of rescuing trafficked children for over 30 years. Reacting to the news Kailash Satyarthi said, “This is an honour for me and my fellow Indians and  all those  children whose voices were never heard before.”

An Indian and a Pakistani sharing the Nobel Peace Prize comes as a great symbol of humanity. It  proves that  humanity knows no boundaries and good, be it anywhere in the world, is appreciated  and awarded.

The press release further said, “The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu  and a  Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against  extremism. Many  other individuals and institutions in the international community have also  contributed.”

Kailash Satyarthi is second Indian to win Nobel Peace Prize after Mother Teresa. Other Indians  who won Nobel Prize include S.K. Jena for Literature in 1913, Sir C.V. Raman for Physics in 1930,  Har Gobind Khorana for Medicine in 1968, Subrahmanyam  Chandrashekhar for Physics in 1983, and Amartya Sen for Economics in 1998.

Source: Economictimes.indiatimes.com, Wikipedia

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