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India, Pakistan crusaders share Nobel Peace Prize

Kailash Satyarthi (Right) and Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize 2014. "It is an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and extremism", said the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Photos: Reuters/V. Sudershan

Kailash Satyarthi (Right) and Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize 2014. "It is an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and extremism", said the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Photos: Reuters/V. Sudershan  

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The two struggled against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.

Kailash Satyarthi, 60-year-old child rights activist from Madhya Pradesh, and Malala Yousafzai, who has risked her life to wage a campaign for girls’ education in Pakistan, are the joint winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.



“It is 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,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday. They were chosen for the prize for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”



The Committee said Mr. Satyarthi, based in New Delhi, showed “great personal courage” and “maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.”



The peace prize winner has saved thousands of children from bonded labour in factories through the Bachpan Bachao Andolan which he founded in 1980, and other organisations. On Malala Yousafzai, the Committee said, “Despite her youth, [she] has already fought for several years for the rights of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.” Malala became a global symbol of the fight against extremism after she was shot by Taliban militants two years ago in Swat.





Past Indian Nobel winners



Year

Name

Field

1913

Rabindranath Tagore

Literature

1930

C.V. Raman

Physics

1968

Hargobind Khorana

Medicine

1979

Mother Teresa

Peace

1983

Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar

Physics

1998

Amartya Sen

Economics

2009

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Chemistry

2014

Kailash Satyarthi

Peace





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