Malala, Satyarthi receive their Nobel Peace Prizes for child campaigns

Malala became by far the youngest laureate, widely praised for her global campaigning since she was shot in the head in 2012.

By: Press Trust of India | Oslo | Updated: December 10, 2014 8:28 pm
Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India hold their Nobel Peace Prize diplomas and medals during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo (Source: AP) Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India hold their Nobel Peace Prize diplomas and medals during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo (Source: AP)

India’s Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 on Wednesday, sharing it with Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel laureate, for their work on promoting child rights in the troubled sub-continent, where millions are deprived of their childhood and education.

“Satyarthi and Yousafzai are precisely the people whom Alfred Nobel in his will calls ‘champions of peace’,” Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland said in his speech before awarding them the prize.

“A young girl and a somewhat older man, one from Pakistan and one from India, one Muslim, the other Hindu; both symbols of what the world needs: more unity. Fraternity between the nations,” he added.

Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan holds up her medal during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo (Source: AP) Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan holds up her medal during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo (Source: AP)

Satyarthi, 60, who gave up his job as an electrical engineer to run an NGO for rescuing children from forced labour and trafficking, and 17-year-old Malala, who survived a near-fatal Taliban attack two years ago with determination advocating education for girls, were named by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for the prestigious award on October 10.

They received the Nobel medal which is 18 carat green gold plated with 24 carat gold and weighs around 175 grams. They will share USD 1.1 million prize money.

See Pictures: Malala, Satyarthi receive their Nobel Peace Prizes in Oslo

Noting that violence and repression cannot be justified in any religion, Jagland said Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism protect life and cannot be used to take lives.

“The two whom we honour here today stand very firm on this point. They live according to a principle Mahatma Gandhi gave expression to. He said: ‘There are many purposes I would have died for. There are no purposes I would have killed for’,” Jagland said, invoking Mahatma Gandhi.

General view of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo (Source: AP) General view of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo (Source: AP)

Satyarthi’s NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement) prides itself on liberating over 80,000 children from bonded labour in factories and workshops across India.

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) there are about 168 million child labourers globally. There are roughly 60 million child labourers in India alone.

Malala, who was nominated in the peace prize category last year also, had displayed tremendous courage even after the Taliban attack when she resolutely expressed her determination to carry on with her campaign for child rights and girls education especially in a country like Pakistan.

Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, right, and Kailash Satyarthi of India take their seats during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo (Source: AP) Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, right, and Kailash Satyarthi of India take their seats during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo (Source: AP)

Speaking after receiving the award, Satyarthi asked audience to feel the child inside them and said the crime against children has no place in a civilised society.

“Children are questioning our inaction and watching our action,” he said, adding that all religion teach to take care of children.

Noting that the number of child labour has been reduced by a third, Satyarthi said, “My dream is to make every child free to develop…There is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of children.”

Recounting his experience with the unprivileged people, he said, “I am representing the sound of silence of millions of children who are left behind.”

“The credit to this honour goes to people who worked and sacrificed for freeing children,” he said.

Famed Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Indian musician Amjad Ali Khan performed at the award ceremony.

Also Read: Amjad Ali Khan, sons perform ‘Raga For Peace’ at Nobel concert

Pakistan’s former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was among those present on the occasion.

 

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    bhaskarmittal
    Dec 11, 2014 at 4:19 am
    malala should see faithfreedom . org or check for Ali Sina before praising or trying to spread it.
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      Jayant B
      Dec 13, 2014 at 6:38 am
      Nobel prize speech of Sri Kailast Satyarthi speaks his heart,mind and soul. The use of the loving words" Indian father & stanidaughter" is extremely meaningful and true to the spirit of Nobel peaceprize and indicative of reconciliation between two unfriendly neighbouringcountries. The use of the words- sound of silence, cry of innocence and face ofinvisibility signify the supreme valuesof peace, childlike innocence and omnipresence of Divine in and through our life.I am happy to note that Sri Kailash Satyarthi has recalled the vital teachingsof different religions in taking due care of our children. Every child has alatent and great potentiality and Malala is personification of the same.
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        mariax
        Dec 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm
        well done
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          Sakshi Chopra
          Dec 11, 2014 at 7:09 am
          visit informative news in english :vishwagujarat/en/
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            Vijay
            Dec 11, 2014 at 3:47 am
            Malala is just the hype created by white burocrats she is survivor of the attack on humanity She was luckily caught this train but no where near to satyarthi Everyday 100s of children's were forced into terrorism in stan no one has balls to stop that or fight against that in stan
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              Sphinx
              Dec 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm
              I am not proud for the award as it reminds that India is one of the worst place practicing child labor.But I am impressed by pion of Satyarthi towards his work and his contribution towards the difficult cause. Malala has best intention, but may never be able to work in stan unlike Satyarthi.We should thank Nobel committee to spread the message through their inspiring speeches towards child and women empowerment across the world.
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