Satyarthi’s truth

October 13 2014

It is true that the founder of ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ Kailash Satyarthi winning the Nobel Peace Prize is a matter of national pride. At the same time, the coming days may see a controversy emerging that people with more credentials were there in the race for the prize. Some of Satyarthi’s old allies are going to raise the question whether his entire lobbying was done by the Christian lobby. Some people are also making the allegations that the credit for ruining the carpet industry also goes to Satyarthi and the entire venture of exporting carpets worth many crores to foreign countries was consciously ruined by talking about child labour in the industry. Sources also claim that when Swami Agnivesh associated himself with the organisation as Satyarthi’s associate, he gave ’Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ a new direction. Agnivesh has a crucial role to play in making the project more extensive and covering new ground. But it is said that Agnivesh’s wearing saffron clothes was not appreciated by the Christian lobby in Western countries. In such a scenario, Satyarathi had made a place for himself and the lobby had been trying to lobby for him for the past 14 years. It is said that in 2006, Kailash Satyarthi’s name for the Nobel Peace Prize had been shortlisted to the last 10 candidates. But the Nobel Committee was not sure about how extensive his work was, and so the entire Christian lobby set on clarifying the doubts. The result is there for all to see. It’s all right it the entire process took nearly eight years to complete.

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