A day after the announcement as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014, child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi paid a coutesy visit to Prime Minister Narednra Modi on Saturday.
The meeting helped both Satyarthi and PM Modi to exchange views on the use of social media and internet for tracking missing children. The prime minister explored the idea of setting up a world’s first “Children University” in Gandhinagar, his home state Gujarat’s capital. Besides congratulating Satyarthi, Modi also extended the government’s full cooperation to Satyarthi in his future endeavours.
Kailash Satyarthi praised Modi’s latest initiatives on “Swachh Bharat” and “Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana” and said he was keen to contribute to these causes. He expressed his commitment towards a child-labour free India. He was reported to have invited PM Modi to attend the award presentation ceremony and echoed the views of Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani teenager activist who shared the Nobel Prize with him this year.
Other members of Satyarthi’s family — Mrs. Sumedha Kailash, Miss Asmita Satyarthi, Mr. Bhuvan Ribhu, Mrs. Priyanka Ribhu and Shri Rama Shankar Chaurasia accompanied him dhuring the meeting with the Prime Minister.
Satyarthi will receive the Nobel Peace Prize later this year on December 10 at a special ceremony to be held in Norway and he shares the peace prize money of $1.1 million with Pakistani girl child education activist Malala Yousafzai.
The entire episode of Nobel Peace prize has turned into a political message with the Nobel committee expressing hope that India and Pakistan “will usher in new cooperation” in view of the latest border tensions. Malala urged both Indian PM Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to attend the award presentation ceremony.