Narendra Modi, political fraternity laud Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai for winning Nobel Peace Prize

Soon after renowned Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and girls education rights activist from Pakistan Malala Yousafzai won the Noble Peace Price 2014 on Friday, congratulatory messages began pouring from every corner of the world.

By Sushmita Dutta | Last Updated: Oct 10, 2014, 19:54 PM IST
Narendra Modi, political fraternity laud Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai for winning Nobel Peace Prize

New Delhi: Soon after renowned Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and girls education rights activist from Pakistan Malala Yousafzai won the Noble Peace Price 2014 on Friday, congratulatory messages began pouring from every corner of the world.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Satyarthi, saying the entire nation was proud of his momentous achievement.

On microblogging website Twitter, PM wrote: "Congratulations to Shri Kailash Satyarthi on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The entire nation is proud of his momentous achievement.

PM Modi also extended his warm wishes to Malala Yousafzai and further wrote, "Malala Yousafzai's life is a journey of immense grit & courage. I congratulate her on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."

President Pranab Mukherjee also congratulated Satyarthi on winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to abolish child labour in the country.

"The prize should be seen as recognition of the contributions of India's vibrant civil society in addressing complex social problems such as child labour and the important role played by them in collaboration with the government in the nation's efforts to eliminate all forms of child labour in the country," Mukherjee said in a statement.

Others from the political fraternity too sent in their greetings on Satyarthi and Malala's success.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated Satyarthi in a Twitter message that read: “Shri Kailash Satyarthi is a champion of child rights whose work is now recognised internationally. Congratulations to him once again.”

In another tweet he wrote - “I also congratulate the Pakistani teenager Ms Malala Yousufzai on sharing the Nobel Peace Honours with Shri Kailash Satyarthi.”

Extending his warm greetings to Satyarthi, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also congratulated him for the honour.

“It is a great moment for the country that an Indian Kailash Satyarthi has been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. The noted child rights activist has made the nation proud,” he added.

Also wishing Malala, he said, “Malala has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. It is equally a matter of great assurance two people working for peace, children rights, children education and children security have been awarded this historic Nobel Peace Prize; it is an indication of the rising power of Asia.”

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated Satyarthi, saying "it is day of great pride" for his state and the country. 

Meanwhile, Nobel laureate and former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan tweeted: “Malala & Kailash remind us that education is a human right essential for the exercise of all other human rights.”

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also congratulated his country's girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

"She is pride of Pakistan. She has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparallelled and unequalled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment," Sharif said in his felicitation message today.

She was also congratulated by Pak interior minister Nisar Ali Khan, information minister Pervaiz Rasheed, former president Asif Ali Zardari, opposition leader Imran Khan, TV anchor Hamid Mir and several others.

There are reports of celebration in her hometown of Mingora after local media broke the rare good news for the people of the militancy-hit region.

Earlier in the day, Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Satyarthi, 60, runs Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an organisation dedicated to child rights which has freed over 80,000 children from various forms of servitude and helped in their reintegration, rehabilitation and education.

Whereas, Malala, 17, is the youngest person to win the prize. She was shot in the head in an attack by Pakistani Taliban militants in 2012 in Mingora town of northwest Swat region. The militant outfit was opposed to her campaign for girls' education.

 

With Agency inputs