Kailash Satyarthi- Man who led movement against child labour

Satyarthi has headed various forms of peaceful protests and demonstrations, focusing on the exploitation of children for financial gain.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2014 6:53 pm
Kailash Satyarthi has been the subject of a number of documentaries, television series, talk shows, advocacy and awareness films. (Source: Twitter) Kailash Satyarthi has been the subject of a number of documentaries, television series, talk shows, advocacy and awareness films. (Source: Twitter)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi gave up his job as an electrical engineer to dedicate himself to protecting and advancing child rights for over three decades now, freeing 80,000 child labourers and giving them new hope in life.

It is largely due to his doggedness and zeal that NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan has emerged as by far the most prominent child rights group in the country even as 60-year-old Satyarthi rose to become a global voice for the children’s cause.

He has passionately argued that child trafficking and labour perpetuate poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and population growth.

From the factories exploiting children in the country’s biggest cities like Delhi and Mumbai to the hinterland of Odisha and Jharkhand where children are still illegally employed as bonded labourers, his organisation has rescued them in almost all parts of country.

He has advocated for stricter laws against child trafficking and labour and met with mixed success so far.

While growing up, Satyarthi has said he was concerned about the plight of child labourers around him and it finally prompted him to start an organised movement.

His early attempts to raid factories employing child labourers met with hostile reaction from the factory owners and at times the police but the significance of his work was slowly recognised.

He also played an important role in the movement for Right to Education law for free compulsory education to children.

Several prestigious awards have been conferred on him, including Defenders of Democracy Award (2009-US), Medal of the Italian Senate (2007-Italy), Robert F Kennedy International Human Rights Award (USA) and Fredric Ebert International Human Rights Award (Germany) etc.

He created the Global March Against Child Labour, a movement that is active in many countries. He is also credited with establishing Rugmark, now known as Good Weave, in 1994.

It is a kind of social certification for child labour free carpets in South Asia.

Satyarthi has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize many times in the past for his his relentless crusade for defending child rights

Satyarthi is the first India-born person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the seventh Indian Nobel laureate. Mother Teresa, who was born in Albania, was the first Indian Nobel peace prize winner. She was honoured in 1979.

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First Published on: October 10, 2014 3:24 pm
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    Priyanka Setty
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      Priyanka Setty
      Jul 7, 2016 at 7:25 am
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        pushkar gupta
        Feb 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm
        Satyarthi g good person.
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          k v
          Dec 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm
          the facts mentioned by you are correct, but the factor annoying is some buisness men, are encashing them,though they know it is not good,but who cares. in this harsh winter season, these children are not having anything, to cover themselves from cold.one thing let me mention,as one person i can provide some help possible. this thing i request everyone to join as a collective, give the children the best out of best.
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            jagadish ch.
            Oct 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm
            Satyarthi is proud of india
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              Brijkhanna
              Oct 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm
              CHAUTALA JI AB PHIR JAIL MEIN JAO. BAHUT MAN MAANI KER LI.
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                BN Anand
                Oct 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm
                Is n't it a pity that a well renowned child activist was hardly known in India and was never awarded any national award for his noble efforts? But the international recognition came and now the media will pour all the information. It is a shame that we come to know the greats in our country through either foreign media or when they get recognition in the form a prize no less than a Nobel one.
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                  BN Anand
                  Oct 13, 2014 at 9:12 am
                  That is also our regrets , sir. I fully endorse what you said.
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                    Gopal
                    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:45 am
                    Congratulations to Kailash Satyarthi for this great honour which he richly deserves. The award must help his work in removing child labour from India.
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                      harish
                      Oct 11, 2014 at 9:39 am
                      Never heard of him though I have been working a bit with the development sector for the past 20 years. I guess it is because he has focused on his work and kept himself in the background. I also feel that its also possible that his contributions are not so great. Its just that this award is an attempt to focus on an issue of importance- along with the award for Malala. (Even in the case of Malala, the award is more symbolic than really a reward for the work that she has done- she has experienced a lot of misery but afterall she is only 17 years old) The issue is the poor quality of lives of children in the subcontinent. This award should help each of us to wake up to the atrocities on the children in our countries and in our states and in our cities and around out houses. Let each of us promise to help out one child this year. Perhaps this would go someway towards addressing this problem.
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                        Pat
                        Oct 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm
                        One can't help but think that Nobel Peace Prize is a highly political prize and a terrific propaa instrument of the so called West. Example, Obama got peace prize without doing anything (except for getting elected as the first coloured president of US!). And then went on to bomb Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen etc killing so many innocent people. You go figure. However, Shri Satyarthi's work should always be praised and recognized irrespective of this peace () prize.
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                          H K
                          Oct 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm
                          Most important human activity is raising next gen properly, Age 1 to 10 are formative,
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                            Jaisen Larsen
                            Oct 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm
                            Here Norwegian are trying make peace with India and stan or Hindu and muslim.
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                              kjingar
                              Oct 10, 2014 at 11:37 am
                              We are proud of you.Citizens, please free child labors from your houses. School is the place for them!
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                                Manish
                                Oct 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm
                                Congrutulation!!
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                                  Pk
                                  Oct 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm
                                  So shocked to note that none of the govt thought it right to award him even one of Padma awards which is given left and right to every tom and harry in all fields, including in all woods ( read bolly, tolly, Kolly etc.)
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                                    sangeeth
                                    Oct 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm
                                    I wonder how many such gems are there in India who are celebrated abroad but hardly known to the countrymen. It is really a credit to all of us and the media in particular that such social movements are not given attention
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                                      Sanjay
                                      Oct 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm
                                      It's indeed irony that, govt of India has not recognized and rewarded his restless struggle against Child labor. We are getting to know about these people and their works, once they are recognized by outsiders.
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                                        S.c. Bardhan
                                        Oct 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm
                                        CONGRATULATIONS,KAILASH SATYARTHI.NOW,PLEASE,TAKE UP ANOTHER CAUSE-PEACE IN OUR BORDERS-WITH CHINA AND STAN,AND ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
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                                          Hemant; Hyderababad
                                          Oct 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm
                                          Just see what We made Our country. Here Kailash is not even known to people. Frankly I heard his name today first time. He never got any recognition in India. Because We feel proud to honor Saif Ali Khan as he married with Kareena. Really ; since 1947; none of Our leaders made try to build up national citizens. Its Our misfortune.
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                                            subhashgottipati
                                            Oct 11, 2014 at 3:23 am
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