Saturday, October 11, 2014
Are Indians Recognized at Home only when they are Recognized by the World?” - Professor M.S.Rao
“I was born after the death of Mahatma Gandhi. If the prize had gone to Mahatma Gandhi before me I would have been more honoured. I am really honored. This award is for all the citizens of the country.” - Kailash Satyarthi
It is a matter of pride for all Indians that Indian child rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi bagged Nobel Peace Prize along with Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan. The committee’s announcement notes: 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.
I take it as an opportunity to strive for peace between India and Pakistan to ensure mutual prosperity and global peace. Both Indian and Pakistani politicians must be blamed for using partition for their political ends and survival. There must be change in the mindset of the politicians in both the countries to build mutual trust and confidence. And people of India and Pakistan must realize that it is futile to think about their unpleasant past. On the other hand, they must look to the future with optimism and confidence to strive for peace and prosperity.
Lack of Recognition for Indians in India
Kailash Satyarthi founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980, which symbolizes the struggle against child labour and child servitude. He is the follower of Mahatma Gandhi. I am excited to know that Kailash got Nobel Peace Prize although Mahatma Gandhi did not receive despite being nominated five times for this prestigious international award. Kailash Satyarthi was a teacher who turned into a child rights activist out of his immense passion to make a difference to the society.
It is a matter of regret that Kailash Satyarthi was not recognized adequately in India. It is unfortunate that Indians don’t earn recognition at home until and unless they are recognized by the world. It is regret to note that the Govt of India has not given any Padma awards to him for his outstanding contribution. Now, Indian government will consider giving him awards as he was recognized by the world. It is a pity that most of the Padma awards in India are politicized, and are given away to the people who belong to their political parties or the people who support their political parties. Internally, there is a lot of lobbying to get these awards. At times these awards are given keeping vote bank politics in view. Hence, there must be change in the mindset of Indian government. Additionally, Indians must also realize that there is immense talent lying in India and there are many people like Kailash Satyarthi pioneering such great causes.
It is true that another’s pasture always looks greener. We take our own people for granted just because they are available with us. At times, we ridicule them instead of encouraging them. Above all, there is a perception that makes all the difference to neglect our own people when they are among us. Hence, there is an urgent need to have an open mind to respect the people who are within us and who are among us and recognize their contribution.
Once again, I congratulate both Kailash Satyarthi of India & Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan for winning Nobel Peace Prize, 2014 and for being the proud global citizens!
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