Kailash Satyarthi of India & Malala of Pakistan received Nobel Peace Prize
New Delhi: Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India received the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives to fight for children's rights. They have shared the $1.4m (£860,000) prize money. Satyarthi is the fifth Nobel Prize winner for India and only the second Indian winner of the Nobel Peace Prize after Mother Teresa in 1979.
The 17-year-old Malala, the youngest ever Nobel winner, and Satyarthi, age 60, collected the award at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital to a standing ovation. Through the efforts of Mr Satyarthi, 60, tens of thousands of children have been rescued from hazardous industries. He has endured death threats for his work, and two of his colleagues were killed.
By honoring this year's winners, the Norwegian Nobel Committee linked the peace award to conflicts between world religions and neighboring nuclear powers as well as drawing attention to children's rights. Ms Yousafzai and Mr Satyarthi were jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education". The Nobel committee said earlier it was important that a Muslim and a Hindu, a Pakistani and an Indian, had joined in what it called a common struggle for education and against extremism. The ceremony is always held on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.
Originally named Kailash Sharma, Satyarthi was born on 11 January 1954 in the Vidisha district of central Indian state Madhya Pradesh(currently staying in New Delhi). In 1980, he gave up his career as a teacher and became secretary general for the Bonded Labor Liberation Front; he also founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Mission). He has also served as the President of the Global Campaign for Education, from its inception in 1999 to 2011, having been one of its four founders alongside ActionAid, Oxfam and Education International. Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children's rights advocate and an activist against child labour. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (lit. Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries.
PM of India congratulates Nobel Peace Prize winners
On the occasion of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, congratulated the award winners. "The entire nation watches the ceremony in Oslo with great joy and immense pride. Congratulations Kailash Satyarthi! I also congratulate the young Malala Yousafzai for the momentous achievement," the Prime Minister said.
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