New Delhi, Oct 10: Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousufzai.
Kailash Satyarthi has been declared as the Nobel prize recipient for showing great personal courage. The committee said that Satyarthi maintained Mahatma 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,” the committee further said.
Kailash Satyarthi, who gave up his career as an electrical engineer more than 30 years ago to start `Bachpan Bachao Andolan`, has been at the helm of various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.
Satyarthi has contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights, and has been active in the movement against child labour in India since the 1990s.
His non-profit organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, is leading the movement to eliminate child trafficking and child labour in India. The organisation receives information from a large network of volunteers.
In an interview given to a newspaper a few months back, Kailash Satyarthi elaborated the motto of his organisation in following words.
“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.”
Born on January 11, 1954 in Vidisha, Satyarthi has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests.
Satyarthi has been awarded with the following national and international honours:
2014: Nobel Peace Prize
2009: Defenders of Democracy Award (US)
2008: Alfonso Comin International Award (Spain)
2007: Medal of the Italian Senate
2007: recognized in the list of “Heroes Acting to End Modern Day Slavery” by the US State Department
2006: Freedom Award (US)
2002: Wallenberg Medal, awarded by the University of Michigan
1999: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Award (Germany)
1995: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (US)
1993: Elected Ashoka Fellow (US)
1985: The Trumpeter Award (US)
1984: The Aachener International Peace Award (Germany)