With great embarrassment and remorse, I must confess that I’d never ever heard the name, until he was announced for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Malala Yousafzai. Yes, never heard the name Kailash Satyarthi. Although now, the whole media is running behind him, until he was announced Nobel Peace Prize, the same media ignored him.
I’ve not read his name anywhere in any magazine, or blog post or any site. I used to think that I care for my society and I chase all the news related to those who do some good towards the society. Alas, I missed knowing about this great man who has almost sacrificed his whole life for the society. His promising career with Engineering has been sacrificed for saving Children.
He has struggled a lot with all the big shots who kidnap kids for their business. He has saved thousands and thousands of kids in his long journey. Despite the terrible suffering he had witnessed and the dangers of his work, I thought of him as a fortunate man. He had a clarity of purpose that was rare. He never let go of his idealism.. He keep struggling to save Children, to save the atrocities people are facing with the caste system..
“I represent here the sound of silence,” he told the Nobel Committee. “The cry of innocence. And, the face of invisibility. I have come here to share the voices and dreams of our children, our children, because they are all our children.”
On being asked about the prize money, Kailash said that he had “never seen” or touched that much amount of money ever in his live and added that he will use “every single penny” for the cause of children in India and globally, the report added.
Kailash shared the Nobel prize money worth USD 1.1 million with Pakistan’s Malala Yousufzai
Kailash, who is the eighth Indian to have been awarded the Nobel, has been honoured for his more than three decades of selfless service towards upholding children’s rights.
Satyarthi’s “Bachpan Bachao Aandolan” has freed more than 80,000 children from the scourge of child labour, slavery and trafficking.