Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Wednesday criticised godmen in India for not speaking up for children’s rights. Satyarthi was speaking at the sidelines of a seminar organised by Confederation of Indian Industry on Enabling Inclusive Growth through Social Engagement.
“Let us create a child-centric thinking in our society, child-centric policy, economy, society and religions. Our godmen attract a lot of crowd, but don’t utter a word on child rights….They don’t talk about it because they feel it will upset their constituency. Everyone wants their constituency, but kids don’t have any constituency,” said Satyarthi.
Satyarthi said the path towards inclusive development and growth should not be on the backbone of children toiling every day.“We have Gandhi, Buddha, we have the best economic growth, we have the best constitution, we have maximum number of temples, mosques and churches in the world. However, when a girl says that I was sold for Rs 10,000 and a buffalo was sold for Rs 1 lakh, it brings tears to my eyes,” said Satyarthi.
On the ongoing JNU row, Satyarthi said India needed to harness “the anger, energy, idealism of young people for a better world”. “We should have zero tolerance towards exploitation, abuse and misery of children. Our energy should be spent in that direction,” said Satyarthi. “I have full faith in the youth,” he added.