“I refuse to accept that the world is so poor, when just one week of global spending on armies is enough to bring all of our children into classroom” - Kailash Satyarthi
Today is world human rights day, which came into existence on December 10, 1948 upon universal declaration and proclamation of human rights. Generally on this day, noble peace prize is also conferred on those personalities whose notable work become a reason for positive change across the globe. Today on December 10, 2014, two distinct personalities from two neighbouring countries – India and Pakistan have been conferred upon this most prestigious recognition- noble peace prize 2014.
I am talking about Kailash Satyarthi from India who is in endless effort to save children from various forms of atrocities through his Bachpan Bachao Andolan since 1980. Whereas Malala Yusufzai from Pakistan who is known for raising her fearless voice in support of education and rights to children specially for girls across the globe. And of course who can forget her deadly encounter with Taliban gunman who shot life claiming bullets into her tender skull. But, eventually, she came out with more fearless spirit and resolution.
Both of them belong to the countries which are sworn enemy of each other but alongwith rich culture and heritage, share maligned attributes such as formidable corruption, rapacious lust to increase arsenal, dwindling basic facilities which every citizen expects from his / her government, gutter politics, extremism and grass negligence towards two extreme forms of life- children and aged people .
Though,Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yusufzai represent two different age, they share same concern and responsibility when it comes to care and shape the present and future of every child around the world, which , unfortunately, even the great nations and organizations have failed to recognize and address through their most advanced and systematic mechanism.
In his speech satyarthi reflected his thoughts by saying, “there is no greater violence than to deny our children to dream”. Unfortunately, we have recognized and addressed only the visible form of violence and bothered to tackle it. Whereas, the aspirations and small- small dreams of children have been sidelined and slowly removed from the priority list of governments. No one knows and seems bothered about the fate of those 250 girls of Nigeria who were kidnapped by the local terrorist outfit – Boko Haram in April this year. It is the children who are most helpless in case of any outbreak of war and social unrest. Consequently their little dreams and aspirations to be something get crushed.
Out of his experience, in his speech, Satyarthi further said that every time he freed a child from child trafficking, slavery or child labour he saw the god smiling through their faces. He stressed on global compassion for each other and surprised everyone by saying that by withdrawing the seven day military expenditure we can bring all children to the schools.
Whereas Malala, in her speech said that she would continue her fight for education for children until she see every child in school.
These two great personalities who endangered their lives for a greater cause, shared the dais on this day and sent a ripple of promising hope around the world especially to the children that still there are some people who care for them and are working for their cause.
There are many Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yusufzai who are fighting this holy crusade anonymously to save the precious childhood on their front and waiting their people and governments to join them.