A child applies `phota` (tilak) on the portraits of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize awardees Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on 'Bhai Phota' also known as 'Bhai Duj' in Kolkata. (IANS)

Big Day for Nobel Laureates: Malala, Satyarthi to Receive Nobel Peace Prize Today

The big day of India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai has arrived as they will receive the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize today in a ceremony at Oslo.

The Nobel Peace Prize of the year was shared among Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India, in October. Both Malala and Satyarthi shared the prize for risking their lives to fight for children’s rights.

Being the award winner of the year, 17-year-old Malala has become the youngest person to achieve the prestigious award.

While Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago for insisting that girls also have the right to an education, 60-year-old Satyarthi has been at the forefront of a global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor since 1980, when he gave up his career as an electrical engineer.

While speaking at a joint press conference with Malala, Satyarti mentioned Malala as a wonderful and brave girl. Extending his support to her, he said, “She’s like my daughter, I adore and respect her a lot.”

However, Malala said she is concerned of making the children aware of their rights and the need to fight for it rather than receiving the award. She said, “We are not here just to accept our award and get this medal and go back home, no, we are here to tell the children especially that you need to stand up, you need to speak up for your rights.”

Meanwhile, Satyarthi said, “Even if one single child is in danger then the entire world is in danger.” He urged to work for children, saying, “We have to work towards peace for children and children for peace… We have to create such a world.”

Amid, while declaring the awards, the Norwegian Nobel committee has remarked the occasion as very important, saying, “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.”

60-year-old Satyarthi and Malala, who were selected from a list of 278 nominees, including 47 organisations, are all set to receive the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, with 11 others in Oslo. The winners will be awarded the prize of USD 1.1 million.

Last time when the award was shared was over a decade ago. It was in 1993, the Nobel Peace Prize was shared between Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk, for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.


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