OSLO: Child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel laureate, received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. Malala is from Pakistan and Mr. Satyarthi is from India, both belonging to the two South Asian rivals.
Satyarthi, 60, is recognized for a 35-year battle to free thousands of children from virtual slave labour while 17-year-old Malala became a global icon after she was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban for insisting that girls had a right to an education.
Satyarthi’s organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Movement to Save Childhood) prides itself on liberating more than 80,000 children from bonded labour in factories and workshops across India and has networks of activists in more than 100 countries.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) there are about 168 million child labourers globally.
The basic problems of humanity transcend borders. Let this be a lesson to India, Pakistan and all other governments across the world to stop fighting and instead focus on improving their social indicators. As Prime Minister Modi put it, there can be no classification of terrorism into good terrorism or bad terrorism. Terrorism in all its forms is a cancer. Hope the countries who patronize it are listening.