Gandhi should've got Nobel Peace Prize: Satyarthi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2014 16:51 IST

Had Mahatma Gandhi got the Nobel Prize, its value would have grown manifold, said Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi in Bhopal on Wednesday. Satyarthi was speaking at a felicitation programme organised at the CM House on Wednesday evening.

He said when he visited Oslo, Norway to receive the prize, he remembered Mahatma Gandhi and thought he should have got the Nobel Prize for peace. Gandhi had a towering personality. Hence, the prize would not have been very significant for him. However, had the prize been bestowed upon him, its value would have grown manifold, he added.

Referring to the terrorist attack on Army School in Peshawar, he said the forces which indulged in the barbaric attack were weakening by the day and feared being isolated. Hence, they committed Peshwar-like crimes.

He made an appeal to people to join a ‘globalisation of compassion’ campaign and do their bit for protecting children.

Earlier, speaking at Raj Bhavan, where MP governor Ram Naresh Yadav felicitated him, he said he would continue to work for children and girls who were at the receiving end in society.

He said whenever he says 'Jai Hind', he hears the voice of crores of children in the country who are deprived of health and education. He also hears the voice of girls who go out on the streets but their parents live in fear of their children being subjected to eve-teasing or mishaps.

MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the school in Vidisha, where Satyarthi studied, would be christened in his name. He also announced a lifelong state guest status to Satyarthi in Madhya Pradesh.

Satyarthi also showed the Nobel medal and a replica of the certificate to the guests at Raj Bhavan and CM House. He said his Nobel medal is the only Nobel medal in the country at the moment as the Nobel medal with renowned litterateur late Rabindra Nath Tagore, who was honoured with the prize in 1913, had been stolen.

A two-minute silence was also observed at the CM House to pay tribute to the students killed in the terrorist attack.

Chouhan said the entire world was pained over the Peshawar attack. The pain and anguish of the parents of the children couldn’t be imagined. They sent them to school in uniforms and got them back in coffins, he said in solidarity.

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