In the past few years, the Nobel Peace Prize was always a matter of debate.
It is pretty clear that this award is quite subjective because, how can one act of kindness be valued over another,or more importantly who decides that a person/organisation has changed more lives for the better over any other?
A lot of criticism was heaped, when President Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize questioning what he had done that was deemed worthy of this well coveted award, within a year of being sworn in.
Many speculated that this award was more to ensure that global peace remained and further war was avoided by the superpower, perhaps a plea for him not to follow in his predecessors’ footsteps.
Then when the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize further speculation rose into the role of the prize as a tool in global politics rather than a momentous occasion honouring the best of humanity. But this year , there is no doubt in anybody’s mind when it comes to whether the joint winners Malala and Satyarthi can be deemed worthy of this global prestige.
Gul Makai has won hearts world over with her expanse of courage and depth of character. I cannot help but draw parallels between her with Joan of Arc who at a very young age mobilised the troops and helped France win the war with a single minded focus. It takes guts to stand up against a bully which very few have,and it is amazing how the loudest voices emanate from the smallest of bodies.
Quite David and Goliath …
Or Katniss and the Capitol…
But, stating it so simply only undermines her journey so far which I am quite sure leads her to being a world leader some day, if not the PM of Pakistan. While many speculate that the heinous attacks on Peshawar has a strong relation to her winning, perhaps the terrorist factions have understood that when one person rises against them it is enough to give an entire nation hope,and hope is quite literally everything in the war against blind hatred, that they would rather have blurring the senses of their nation because that is what gives them power.
She could not have put it more aptly when she said,
The wise saying, “The pen is mightier than sword” was true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them.
It couldn’t have been more appropriate for two nobel laureates to share an award, one being the upholder of child rights while the other for education.
Kailash Satyarthi is the pride of the nation for he has been saving innocent souls since the 1990’s . To put it in plain figures his organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, has freed over 84,000 children from various forms of servitude and helped in successful reintegration, rehabilitation and education. That is, 84,000 lives that have a second chance in a world,that isn’t quite fair to all.
It makes us proud to call ourselves citizens of the same country as him but that alone does not entitle us to a feeling of goodwill because unless we are pulling our own weights and trying to make the world a better place the bad might dwarf the good in volume.
P.S.-The physics and economics prizes were also given for amazing contributions.
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