Nobel Live: All religions teach us to take care of children, says Satyarthi at Oslo



My Nobel prize important to every child who is

deprived: Kailash Satyarthi to NDTV

6. 10 pm: Kailash Satyarthi gives his Nobel Prize acceptance speech

“We should walk together and think together to ensure that the world benefits from it,” Kailash Satyarthi said at his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Satyarthi called Malala his ‘dear daughter’, before the address of his speech.

“I represent here the sound of silence. The cry of innocence. And, the face of invisibility. I refuse to accept that all the temples and mosques and churches and prayer houses have no place for the dreams of our children. I refuse to accept … just one week of global spending on armies is enough to bring all of our children into classrooms,” he said.

Satyarthi said that the Bachpan Bachao Andolan has been able to reduce child labour, malnutrition and prevented million of child deaths. “But, there’s a bigger challenge. The biggest crisis knocking on the doors of humankind are fear and intolerance,” he said.

Satyarthi said that his only aim in life is to see that every child is free to be a child. “Every child must be free to grow and develop, free to laugh and cry,” he said.

The Nobel Prize winner said that he found a Pakistani daughter in Malala, and Malala found an Indian father in him. “My daughter Malala and daughters from all over the World are rising up and choosing courage over fear, peace over violence,” he said.

“Whose children are they who harvest cocoa but have never tasted cocoa? They’re our children,” Satyarthi said. He said that the government must work towards child friendly policies. “We must be bold, we must be ambitious,” he added.

Satyarthi asks the audience at the Nobel Award ceremony to keep their hands close to their heart and feel the child inside them. “Let us globalise compassion,” he said.

He concluded his speech with a slok from the Vedas: “Let us march from ignorance to awakening, from darkness to light.”

6.00 pm: Satyarthi, Malala receive Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee chairman said that “Satyarthi and Malala are precisely the people whom Alfred Nobel in his will calls champions of peace.”

Following his speech, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performs at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.

Chairman Thorbjørn Jagland then calls upon Malala and Satyarthi and hands them their Nobel Peace Prize.

Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and his sons perform at the ceremony.

Here is Malala’s Nobel diploma:

Satyarthi’s Nobel diploma:

10 December, 5:30 pm: Satyarthi, Malala are ones whom Alfred Nobel would call champions of peace

India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on child’s rights.

Speaking on Malala, the Chairman of the Nobel Committee Thorbjørn Jagland said “nothing should be further from Islam than shooting at a young girl whose only demand was to go to school.” Malala Yousafzai has been awarded Nobel for fight for rights of girl’s education.

“Malala Yousafzai’s vision was clear from the start– girls have a self-evident right to education,” he said.

The Chairman said that Satyarthi believes child labour can be eradicated in his own lifetime. “Every one here shares his hope,” he said. He also said that Satyarthi’s initiative Bachpan Bachao andolan has freed 80,000 children.

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6. 15 pm: India, Pakistan can soon become Bhai-Bhai, says Malala

When asked if they have a message for each other’s country, Malala said that India must continue to teach its children to learn peace. “You have Kailash Satyarthi, what more do you need? Let’s teach children to understand peace is, then we will soon become Bhai-bhai again,” she siad.

Satyarthi said that he wants children to get education–whether they are in Pakistan or in India. “Whoever disrupts the work, whether it’s Pakistan or India, there will be children like Malala to protest,” he said.

“The people-to-people relationship between India, Pakistan is important for me,” Satyarthi added.

6. 00 pm: There are stronger laws for child rights now, says Satyarthi

Speaking about the stronger laws for children’s rights in India, Kailash Satyarthi says he wants to do a lot more for the unprivileged. “Consumers must ensure that a commodity is not a result of child labour,” he said.

Talking about women issues, Malala said that portrayal of women in media is also important. “If we show a woman as a toy, it will affect mindset,” she said.

When asked if Nobel Prize will make life difficult for her, Malala says, “I don’t think the Nobel Prize is a pressure, it’s an opportunity.”

She said that everyone needs to contribute to bring change in the world.

5.40 pm: Speak up for your rights, says Malala

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai picked it up where Satyarthi left it off and started with thanking Satyarthi for deeming her as his daughter.

The 17-year-old said, “I am honoured that I am sitting with a person (Satyarthi) here who has struggled for children’s rights. We (Satyarthi and Malala) are not here just for the award, but we are here to tell children across the world that you need to speak up. Only then will you be able to change the world.”

Malala added by reminiscing about SWAT valley when she was shot by Taliban and added that she spoke her mind and there were changes in the valley.

5.35 pm: Malala is like my daughter, says Satyarthi

Childs right activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai attended a news conference in Stockholm on Tuesday evening. Kailash Satyarthi started his speech by thanking the Nobel Committee for choosing him for the prestigious award.

“Malala is like my child,” the 60-year-old Satyarthi said while addressing the mediapersons.

Satyarthi added that he feels a deep sense of moral responsibility as millions of children around the world do not have the freedom to talk, smile or laugh.

5.00 pm

Child rights activists India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, along with 11 others will receive this year’s Nobel Prizes today.

The Nobel Laureates take centrestage in Sweden’s capital Stockholm and Norwegian Oslo, where they will receive the Nobel medals, Nobel diplomas and documents confirming the Nobel Prize amount.

Satyarthi, 60, and Yousafzai, 17, will share the $1.1-million Peace Prize at Oslo, while all the other awards will be presented here.

UN congratulated Nobel Peace Prize 2014 winners Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. Agencies

“I want to dedicate this award to the children of India. This award is for them. It is also for the people of India,” an elated Satyarthi told PTI.

He hailed the judiciary for taking up the child rights issue on fast track basis.

The Supreme Court of India recently set up a special ’Social Justice Bench’ to exclusively hear cases concerning social issues, particularly those related to women, children and the underprivileged.

Satyarthi was also optimistic that the Government would do more to protect the rights of children.

“We need more and more MPs to raise this issue in Parliament and laws to abolish child labour in India. I hope the Government will do something pro-active in this regard. Also society should work towards creating a culture of child rights,” he said.

Satyarthi, along with his wife Sumedha, son, daughter-in-law and daughter reached Oslo yesterday.

Frenchman Patrick Modiano will be presented the Literature Nobel, US-British scientist John O’Keefe and Norwegian husband-and-wife duo Edvard and May-Britt Moser Nobel in medicine and Japanese scientists Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano and Japanese-born American Shuji Nakamura the Nobel in Physics.

Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell will share the Nobel in Chemistry, while Frenchman Jean Tirole will be presented the Nobel for Economics.

Since 1901, the Nobel Prizes have been presented to the Laureates at ceremonies on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.

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