Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi not recognised in his own State Madhya Pradesh

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Kailash Satyarthi: Ignored by own people
Bhopal, Oct 12: Kailash Satyarthi is an international name now. But, till Friday he was little known social worker who was not even recognised in his home State, Madhya Pradesh. No Government in his State took interest in recognising his work. He might be having several awards to his credit but none from the State.

In fact Vidisha, which is in jubilation mood ever since news of Satyarthi getting the 2014 Nobel peace prize broke out, used to be in news as constituency of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and new External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The town is now celebrating with crackers heralding an early Deepawali mood.

The man next door turned an international child rights icon, Satyarthi, is a graduate in electrical engineering from Samrat Ashok Technology.

Satyarthi's friend and Rajya Sabha MP Munawwar Saleem accused the successive Governments in the State of not giving due recognition to his work. He has been quoted in Firstpost report as saying, "It is a pity the State Government did not value Satyarthi's efforts." He said the Government has framed a law to ensure right to education but there is a long way to go before Satyarthi's dream of providing uniform quality of education to affluent and poor children is realised.

Satyarthi has dedicated his Nobel prize to his friends, Dhaumdas and Adarsh Kishore, who were killed by mining mafia in Faridabad in 1989.

Meanwhile, congratulating the new hero for making the State and the Country proud, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday tweeted, "It is day of great pride for MP and India. Congratulations to Shri Kailash Satyarthi born in Vidisha for winning Nobel Peace Prize."

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