I am representing here – the sound of silence. The cry of innocence. And, the face of invisibility. I represent millions of those children who are left behind, and that’s why I have kept an empty chair here as a reminder.
Economic growth and human development need to go hand in hand. Human values need to be advocated vigorously.
I am thankful to the Nobel committee for recognising the plight of millions of children who are suffering in this modern age.
I refuse to accept that the shackles of slavery can ever be stronger than the quest for freedom.
If not now, then when? If not you, then who? If we are able to answer these fundamental questions, then perhaps we can wipe away the blot of human slavery.
Each time I free a child, I feel it is something closer to God.
Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.
More than 30 years ago, when I had embarked upon the fight against child labour, it was not even considered an issue worth any discussion. It was accepted as a way of life in India, much like it was in other countries. Today, no country or business or society can throw this issue away.
The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people.
India may be a land of over a 100 problems, but it is also a place for a billion solutions.