The Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai

10 Oct

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.  Children must go to school and not be financially exploited.  In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age.  It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected.  In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.

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.  He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzay has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.  This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances.  Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.

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.  It has been calculated that there are 168 million child labourers around the world today.  In 2000 the figure was 78 million higher.  The world has come closer to the goal of eliminating child labour.

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.

Oslo, 10 October 2014

Source :  Please see : http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2014/press.html

Today is a good day. Today is a good day for children of the world. Iam delighted and equally touched that  “The Norwegian Nobel Committee” brought the issue of children centre stage by awarding ” The Nobel Peace Prize 2014” to  noted  Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and the brave little champion crusader for education and children’s rights Malala Yousafzai. Malala is only seventeen  and is in school. The youngest Nobel prize winner ever was  the youngest to be nominated last year and this year is also special as it goes to an Indian and a Pakistani. I hope this is a message from Nobel committee to solve our bilateral skirmishes and ongoing ceasefire violations on the border.

The Newyork times states ” Underscoring the hostilities the Nobel committee seemed to wish to ease, troops from Pakistan and India had exchanged artillery and machine-gun fire across their disputed Himalayan border in the days before the announcement. The most recent eruption of fighting has so far killed 11 Pakistani and eight Indian villagers, but by Friday, a lull had set in, news reports said. ”

The report further states  ” The nomination of Ms. Yousafzai, however, seemed in part to be intended as an inspirational message, offering a counterpoint to conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.

In a statement on Friday after the prize was awarded, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, said, “With her courage and determination, Malala has shown what terrorists fear most: a girl with a book.”

Please see : http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/11/world/europe/kailash-satyarthi-and-malala-yousafzai-are-awarded-nobel-peace-prize.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

My philosophy is that I am a friend of the children. I don’t think anyone should see them as pitiable subjects or charity. That is old people’s rhetoric. People often relate childish behaviour to stupidity or foolishness. This mindset needs to change. I want to level the playing field where I can learn from the children. Something I can learn from children is transparency. They are innocent, straightforward, and have no biases. I relate children to simplicity and I think that my friendship with children has a much deeper meaning than others.”

―Kailash Satyarthi

I feel the same way about children. For more on the  noted Indian child rights activist : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Who-is-Kailash-Satyarthi/articleshow/44771656.cms

As for Malala, the world knows Malala. I wanted to post a delightful last year’s Jon Stewart interview with Malala today as a tribute to her award, may be will do it tomorrow.

For today. I am Malala. Iam Kailash.

Goodnight friends! ” Every child must get a right to life and education. If we keep this momentum, the world will be better place. The Nobel Committee has done a great service to mankind.”

Have a lovely day! Thank you!

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