Before he became the second Indian to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, not many had heard Kailash Satyarthi’s name. But within 90 minutes of the announcement, the child's rights activist had gained more than 4,500 followers on Twitter--and the list was growing at blazing speed. The 60-year-old activist has been a relentless crusader of child rights and his organisation, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), has been at the forefront of the drive against child labour in India for years.
One is Muslim, the other Hindu. One a Pakistani, the other Indian. One a school girl just starting out in life, the other a man with decades of experience.
Over 30 years of activism, Satyarthi has won numerous awards, including the Medal of the Italian Senate in 2007
Reaching across gulfs of age, gender, faith, nationality and even international celebrity, the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday awarded the 2014 peace prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India, joining a teenage Pakistani known around the world with a 60-year-old Indian veteran of campaigns on behalf of children. The awards, announced in Oslo by Thorbjorn Jagland, the committee’s chairman, were in acknowledgement of their work in helping to promote universal schooling and in protecting children from abuse and exploitation. Pointedly, Jagland said, “The Nobel Committee 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.”
Not much has changed in terms of medal count since the end of action on Tuesday, save for the rich getting richer with the Norwegians tacking on one more medal. The Dutch have added two more to tie the Canadians for second place in the current medal standings with three final events yet to finish on Wednesday. Norway, Canada and the Netherlands have now stockpiled 12, 10 and 10 medals, respectively, while the United States is next in line with seven.
The following are highlights of what those sleeping may have missed Sunday morning., Feb. 9.
Norway's men's curling team is known for wearing outrageous uniforms. And their latest style for Sochi's Winter Olympics will draw new fans to the sport.