Oslo, Dec 10: It was a proud moment for India when its Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for work in abolishing child labour through his noble movement Bachchpan Bacchao. He is the eighth Indian to win the Nobel Prize.
Addressing the dignitaries and Nobel committee members at the ceremony in Oslo, Satyarthi won the hearts of millions by speaking in Hindi, Indian language, to express his aspirations and motto of life.
While receiving the award, he said, "I represent millions of children who are left behind. I represent here the sound of silence. The cry of innocence. And, the face of invisibility. I refuse to accept that all the temples, mosques, churches and prayer houses have no place for the dreams of our children, adding, I give the whole credit for the award to all those who gave their lives fighting for child rights".
Satyarthi, whose Bachpan Bachao andolan has freed 80,000 children, said, "I was liberated every time I freed a child. My only aim in life is that every child is free to be a child, free to grow and develop; Free to laugh and cry, free to go to school and free to dream".
Pitching for the children's right, he said, "Let Us Globalise Compassion, and Set Our Children Free". "I have seen Gods in smile of Kids". "Faith leaders and institutions must stand with our children.We must have the will and we must keep our promises", he said.
Talking about education, "Rights, security and hope can only be restored through education". "The biggest challenges are fear and intolerance. We have failed in educating children about the meaning of life", he added further.
He congratulated Pakistani brave girl Malala Yousufzai for the achievement and showing her daring attempts to educate the girls in her country. "People like Malala, are rising up and choosing peace over violence, tolerance over extremism", he said.
Expressing his pious feelings towards Malala, he said that in the course of movement for child rights, he met his Pakistani daughter and a Pakistani daughter met her Indian father.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani girl Malala on receiving the NObel prize 2014.
"The entire nation watches the ceremony in Oslo with great joy & immense pride. Congratulations @k_satyarthi!", he tweeted.
"I also congratulate the young Malala Yousafzai for the momentous achievement, he added on Twitter.
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