Freeing Children Gives me my Strength: Kailash Satyarthi

12 Oct

I very much want to share this NDTV interview with Nobel peace prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi.  The unassuming Indian child rights activist talks from the heart about his early impressions of child labour. As a child of five going to school in his native town, he notices a cobbler’s son looking for work and goes on to wonder ” Why some children can study and explore their dreams and why some children have to go to work”. The good activist say he still grapples with the question and feels freeing children from slavery and forced labour gives him greatest happiness and strength. Kailash Satyarthi observes globally there are around 200 million children employed in various forms of child labour and whilst their parents  in equal numbers are unemployed. He says its a traingular paradigm of poverty, lack of education and child labour and one must work at all levers to abolish child trafficking and forced labour. I am very happy “The Nobel prize comittee” has focussed on children’s issues.Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are committed activists and  worthy choices for Nobel peace prize for 2014.

The other half of video is a discussion with a Pakistani journalist and Indian politician. The Pakistani Jounalist Mehmal Sarfraz is gracious in acknowledgement of winners whilst Indian politician and activist Ms. Jaya Jaitly am afraid is less than gracious in her remarks. It is this kind  of condescending and holier than thou observations which is really unwarranted. My own  feeling and experience in life is that India appreciates only certain kind of talent and not all talent, the priveliged, the  elitist and the mainstream.It opens its eyes only when the world acknowledges and appreciates the talent. I think you may skip after 12 minutes of the video.

Please do follow link  dear friends to see an interview with Nobel peace prize winner and  fine Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi . May this great honour help in garnering all governments and societies support to work towards education for children, abolishing forced labour and ending menace of child trafficking .

Have a lovely day dear friends. Kailash Satyarthi inspires me to dream and dream big. Thank you!


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