10th December 2014 will be the day when two unlikely people from two unlikely nations will receive the Nobel Peace prize for their contribution to children rights and education for girls. Kailash Satyarthi the 60 year old Indian social activist becomes the first Indian to receive this prestigious honor and 17 year old Malala Yousazai who still does not have a driving license becomes the youngest recipient of this award. But if she is young and still in her teens she has more than compensated by standing resolute against the tyranny of the Taliban.
This will indeed be a proud moment for both India and Pakistan and this ceremony should act as stepping stone for better relations between these two nations who have been involved numerous conflicts since independence back in 1947. Both our countries suffer from poverty and lack of education among children which is a crime in itself and fighting and spending money in buying weapons instead of developing infrastructures for better future should be the goal. This idea may sound utopian but the reality is a pen in the hands of children is much better than a gun and building more schools for the underprivileged is more important than forcing them into labor.
In both countries a high number of children are forced to work from a very early age and it is high time we as civilized society give them back their childhood. Let this be the day when we move forward to end this apathy and build a new and better future for all of us. This is indeed a historical day and hopefully we can move towards better relations.
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