Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi shares his 4 P's to save the world

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Photo courtesy: Connected to India

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi gave the inaugural address at the Pan Indian Institute of Management Alumni event, IIMPACT 2019 held at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore on August 17. 

Nobel Peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi at IIMPACT 2019. Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Nobel Peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi at IIMPACT 2019. Photo courtesy: Connected to India

The 2014 Nobel Peace prize recipient has freed more than 88,000 children in India from slavery, child labour and trafficking through his ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’.

The 65 year old has led the ‘Global March against Child Labour’, a social movement, the demands of which were drafted into the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) convention. He founded the ‘Global Campaign for Education’, ‘Goodweave International’ and ‘Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation’ too. 

Kailash Satyarthi is the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Global March Against Child Labour, Global Campaign for Education, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation. Photo courtesy: Facebook/Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi is the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Global March Against Child Labour, Global Campaign for Education, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation. Photo courtesy: Facebook/Kailash Satyarthi

Satyarthi spoke of his journey, labelling the decades from where it all started to now as 1.0 to 4.0. 
As a student a chance meeting with a labourer the same age as him led Satyarthi to question why that boy couldn’t go to school with him. The adults didn’t give satisfactory answers and the labourer boy seemed to accept that all humans were not born to live equally. Satyarthi couldn’t accept that 62 million children have never been to school due to various reasons and he wanted to change that, he says.

Children are not responsible for creating divides and borders. But they are the ones who suffer because of them. This realisation led Satyarthi to be sensitized about others suffering and realise that compassion needs to be globalised, not restricted by man-made borders.

Kailash Satyarthi interacting with schoolchildren and teachers in Singapore at IIMPACT 2019. Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Kailash Satyarthi interacting with schoolchildren and teachers in Singapore at IIMPACT 2019. Photo courtesy: Connected to India

Satyarthi believes that the 4 P’s - People, Prosperity, Peace and Planet - are key to saving the world. It is only by focussing on the 4 P’s that we can leave a sustainable legacy for future generations, he says. 

Harnessing technology to solve social problems such as missing children is something he advocates strongly. Satyarthi illustrated a case where more than 7,000 missing children were reunited with their families using facial recognition technology.

Every year 40,000-45,000 children go missing in India. About 120,000 such children were housed in shelter homes run by Government of India. Photos of all these children were loaded into a database and police could scan and compare them with missing children’s photos thus making it possible to unite them with their parents. 

Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Photo courtesy: Facebook/Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Photo courtesy: Facebook/Kailash Satyarthi

Satyarthi became the first natural born Indian citizen to win the Nobel Peace Prize (shared with Malala Yousafzai). He presented his medal to the then Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee in January 2015. The original medal is on display in the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, India.

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Lakshmy Iyer
Lakshmy Iyer – Senior Correspondent, ASEAN

Lakshmy has been contributing regularly as a freelance writer since 2012. Her writing has been an amalgamation of the language, literature and rich cultural experiences of India as well as South East Asia. An Instructional Designer by profession she is passionate about lifelong learning. Art is her medium of reflection. She participates in art exhibitions thus contributing to the local art scene and using this platform, supports social causes in Singapore as well.

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