While India-Pakistan firing continues in the International Border of Jammu and Kashmir, the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize of the year shared among Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India, on Friday.
Being the Nobel Prize winner of the year, 17-year-old Malala has become the youngest person to achieve the prestigious award. Both shared the prize for risking their lives to fight for children’s rights.
While Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago for insisting that girls also have the right to an education, 60-year-old Satyarthi has been at the forefront of a global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor since 1980, when he gave up his career as an electrical engineer.
Thanking everyone who supported him, Satyarthi said, "This is an honor for all my fellow Indians, as well as an honor for all those children in the world whose voices were never heard before properly."
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said, "Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education."
The committee referred Satyarthi as one who carries the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, saying, "Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated Malala and called her as the "pride" of his country. He stated, "Her achievement is unparalleled and unequalled. Girls and boys of the world should take the lead from her struggle and commitment."
The committee remarked the occasion as very important, saying, "The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism. Many other individuals and institutions in the international community have also contributed. It has been calculated that there are 168 million child labourers around the world today. In 2000, the figure was 78 million higher. The world has come closer to the goal of eliminating child labour."
The Nobel committee has revealed that the winners were selected from a list of 278 nominees, including 47 organisations. The winners will be awarded the prize of USD 1.1 million on December 10, in Oslo.