Flashback 2014: When nationals of hostile neighbours India and Pakistan shared Nobel Peace Prize
At a time when India and Pakistan are at loggerheads over repeated ceasefire violations along the LoC and disturbing each others peace, two individuals from the neighbouring countries are trying to bridge the gap between the warring nations by carrying the message of peace. Kailash Satyarthi from India and Malala Yousufzai from Pakistan jointly shared the Nobel Peace Prize, 2014, for being a torchbearer of peace. The duo will be honoured at Norway on Dec 10.
Fighting against all odds, Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize jointly for their efforts against the suppression of children and young people in their respective countries.
The duo who'll receive the prestigious award immediately appealed both the governments to cut across all political, all religious barriers to come out strong in spreading the message of love and peace.
Even the Nobel Peace Prize Committee praised Yousafzai and Satyarthi saying that a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani joined together in a common struggle.
Malala, Satyarthi get recognition for their struggle
Malala Yousufzai: 17-year-old Malala, who shot to limelight after the Taliban militants pumped bullets into her for advocating education for girls, has become the world's youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize as well as the first Nobel Laureate born in Pakistan.
Malala, who was nominated in the peace prize category last year also, had displayed tremendous courage even after the Taliban attack when she resolutely expressed her determination to carry on with her campaign for child rights and girls education especially in a country like Pakistan.
Prakash Satyarthi: The 60-year-old social activist has been leading Bachpan Bachao Andolan in his relentless crusade for child rights. He is an avid follower of Gandhian philosophy. He thanked the Nobel Committee for recognising the plight of millions of children and said the award will help bring global focus on the issue.
India-Pakistan have had a turbulent relations so far
India and Pakistan have been at loggerheads ever since they got independence from British Rule. The neighbours even entered four times into war since partition of India in 1947. Control over Kashmir has been a major bone of contention between the two countries.
The two nuclear capable nations came to the dialogue table, many a times, but the peace process between New Delhi and Islamabad always remained short lived.
Pakistan which has worked under the shadow of military rule always raked up the issue of Kashmir in front of international fraternity. Governments in Pakistan always tried to get the Kashmir issue resolved with the intervention of third party for which it has always faced the backlash from their Indian counterparts.
After failing to garner support from international arena over the same, Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies started funding and nurturing terror outfits on its soil to disturb peace in India, especially in Kashmir. India has always blamed Pakistan for disrupting the peace processes on its soil and violating ceasefire.
If one looks at the past two years, there have been major border skirmishes between India and Pakistan. Both the sides have lost precious lives over constant gun battle. Tensions prevail over border areas of Kashmir even today.
If India is blaming Pakistani Army for repeated ceasefire violations, the latter is blaming the former for the same. Islamabad has constantly blamed New Delhi for plotting terror on its soil and violating truce.
Malala-Satyarthi bat for Indo-Pak peace ties
Both Malala and Satyarthi, the torchbearers of peace from their respective nations, have appealed to both the nations to set aside their conflicts and make peace. The duo has even appealed the heads of the two nations to be present in Norway when they receive the prestigious award on Dec 10. Both the countries need to take this as an inspiration to end all problems between them.