Indian Kailash Satyarthi wins the Nobel Prize for Peace 2014 jointly with Pakistani Malala Yousafzay according to Times of India. The Nobel Committee said these two activists had been awarded for their “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Also in a statement the Noble committee 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.”
This is indeed a very proud moment for India which is the home of non-violence movement. Also Malala Yousafzay a young girl who is perhaps still not old enough to drive a car being awarded this honor is a tremendous achievement for her, for women and everyone in Pakistan.
Kailash Satyarthi now becomes 8th Indian to win a noble prize and the first to be awarded Noble Prize for Peace. Mr. Satyarthi has had a long history of holding protests and demonstrations peacefully and has devoted his life helping children who have suffered from exploitation for financial gain. Kailash Satyarthi also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.
Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzay who was a victim of a cowardly assassination attempt by the Pakistani Taliban back in 2012 because she wanted to go to school and get education. Malala not only survived but with phenomenal determination and courage on the face of death has stood for women’s education in Pakistan and all over the world.
This has got to be the proudest moment for Pakistan in a very long time because right now this country is going through so much of internal turmoil and it seems Pakistan needs Malala Yousafzay more than ever.
For India this award is not only a recognition for Kailash Satyarthi hard work and effort to help children who have been and still are exploited, but also the time tested theory of Non-violent Peaceful protest started by Mahatma Gandhi. This award now truly recognizes India’s contribution for World Peace.
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