OSLO, Oct 10 � An Indo-Pak, Hindu-Muslim combination of activists � Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai today won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for their work on promoting child rights in the troubled subcontinent, reports PTI.
60-year-old Satyarthi, who gave up his job as an elecrical engineer to run an NGO in India for rescuing children from forced labour and trafficking, and 17-year-old Malala, who survived a near-fatal Taliban attack two years ago with determination advocating education for girls, were named by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for the prestigious global award this year.
�The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education,� the jury said.
Satyarthi, who runs an NGO Bachpan Bachao Aandolan (Save Childhood Movement), reacted to the announcement with elation, saying the award would spur him into futher action to try and eliminate child slavery in India.
Satyarthi, whose organisation has rescued over 80,000 children from forced labour and trafficking, also congratulated co-winner Malala.
�I know her. I will call her and congratulate her. We have to go further and work for peace between the two nations (India, Pakistan).�
The Nobel Committee said Satyarthi has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, �focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain�.
The Committee said it �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.�
Malala, who was nominated in the peace prize category last year also, had displayed tremendous courage even after the Taliban attack when she resolutely expressed her determination to carry on with her campiagn for child rights and girls education especially in a country like Pakistan.
She has become the youngest Nobel laureate.
Satyarthi, the second Indian after Mother Teresa to be named for the peace prize, and Malala join a select league of eminent international personalities who have shared the Nobel Peace Prize for their outstanding work in furthering world peace and in other fields.
Malala, who was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham where she was treated for life-threatening injuries, continued to campaign for girls� education.
She addressed the UN last year, met US President Barack Obama and was named one of �Time� magazine�s 100 most influential people. Last year, she published her memoir �I Am Malala�.