Chandigarh, October 18, 2018: Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi proposed Panchamaarit – the five element concoction for nation building on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi and the Foundation Day of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS). The beginning he emphasized has to be in ensuring freedom, health, protection, security and education for all children.
Mr. Satyarthi emphasized that “No respectable society can be built without compassion. Compassionless politics, economy and society are much like a body without the soul. Without genuinely feeling the pain of others and a firm determination to work towards ending that suffering happiness and peace cannot be instilled”.
The concoction that he christened and offered in the feet of his motherland has the potential of building a Samvedansheel Bharat (Compassionate India), Samaaveshi Bharat (Inclusive India), Surakshit Bharat (Safe and Secure India), Swavalambi Bharat (Self-reliant India) and Swaabhimaani Bharat (Self-respecting India)!
Thanking RSS for inviting him over to talk about the issues confronting children of the nation, Nobel Peace Laureate said, “By inviting me not only have you extended respect and compassion to millions of exploited and deprived children of India but also to those of the entire world.”
The Nobel Peace Laureate pitched for a different scale for measuring development of a nation rather than always looking at indicators like per capita income and GDP. He said, “I measure the development of society by the smile that we can bring on the face of an Aadivaasi daughter enslaved at a farm in a far flung village or in a stone quarry reeling under constant threat, fear, insecurity and uncertainty.”
Expressing serious concern, Mr. Satyarthi exclaimed, “Our women grapple with fear, threat and insecurity at home, workplace, localities and public places. Those who are entrusted with the responsibility of running shelter homes for girls are raping and murdering them. So called custodians of child welfare and protection are selling children. Girls stop attending school fearing harassment and eve teasing and we out of fear remain quiet seeing all of this happening right in front of our eyes. This is a grave disrespect towards Bharat Mata. Fear makes us hollow from within besides fanning intolerance and violence. Silence of the society succumbing in front of crime and injustice is not merely cowardice but quite violent by itself! Last year sounding the bugle for Safe Childhood, Safe India we launched the 12000 km Bharat Yatra from Kanya Kumari to Kashmir. This march was joined by 1.2 million people and our efforts still continue.”
The Nobel Peace Laureate said that the business of online pornographic films is flourishing unabated across the world. He has been incessantly demanding for a strong legislation against this crime. In September during the United Nations General Assembly he met several Heads of Countries and discussed about a plausible international treaty against online child pornography, the work for which has already been initiated.
The Nobel Peace Laureate asserted that, “Meaningful, quality and employment oriented skill building and education continue to be challenges staring in our face. If we really want to reclaim the title of Golden Bird for our country, we will have to ensure that 85 million children who remain outside the ambit of education in our country are provided with quality, meaningful and equitable education.”
Placing the best interest of children at the helm, Mr. Satyarthi asserted that for achieving the goal of building a great and child friendly nation the participation and leadership of conscientious youth is absolutely essential. He requested the youth from Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh to take lead on this path for saving the present and future of our motherland. He suggested that if the branches (shakhas) of the Sangh situated in almost all villages across the length and breadth of India serve as a firewall to protect this generation of children, then all the generations to come will become self-sufficient in protecting themselves.”