One evening I was watching a video called ‘‘Conversation with Malala’’ organised by the World Bank. While watching the video Malala mentioned the book ‘‘Alchemist’’ written by Paulo Coelho for her best book and author. I was impressed because in those days Alchemist was in my hand. I was well into the book and was wondering whether the Malala would be picked for the Nobel Prize because her name was being recommended for the Noble Prize. In a question of her future interest she was intending ‘‘to become a politician’’ and asked people to vote her.
Finally she has jointly won the peace prize-2014 for her work on education for girls. I would like to congratulate both winners Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. This is a great achievement in their lives.
When I was heading to Basingstoke, home, by train my eyes caught a heading of the Evening Standard newspaper that Malala was jointly awarded this year’s peace prize. It stormed my mind that whether the work accomplished by Malala was enough or relevant to be awarded from Nobel Peace prize. This inspired me to dig more and write this article.
According to Alfred Nobel, the prize should be given “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
I went through media’s headings seeking for the reaction of peace prize announcement, obviously it was mixed, and luckily I tumbled across the site of THE DIPLOMAT’’ where Akhilesh Pillalamarri has labelled for this year’s peace prize as ‘‘ANOTHER Empty Nobel Peace Prize’’ and ‘‘Nobel Prizes, has totally lost sight of its original purpose’’ He further elaborated that the Peace Prize- 2014 was awarded jointly “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” But he added that ‘‘these two individuals…did nothing in particular to promote peace and “fraternity between nations” in line with the expectation of Alfred Nobel.
The chairman of the prize committee said: “What we are saying is that we have awarded two people with the same cause, coming from India and Pakistan, a Muslim and a Hindu. It is in itself a strong signal.”
Again, my little knowledge dragged me to The Washington Post and its heading was ‘‘with its pick, Nobel Committee draws renewed attention to India-Pakistan conflict’’ by Griff Witte. Griff says ‘‘It was less clear whether the Peace Prize will actually change any of the underlying dynamics’’. According to Gareth Price, a senior research fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House, “It’s a timely reminder’’…But the prize will probably have “less impact than it should’’ as ‘‘India has signalled its intention to focus first on improving relations with Nepal and Bangladesh’’ rather than Pakistan.
According to Akhilesh Pillalamarri ‘‘Satyarthi and Malala jointly receiving the Nobel Peace Prize won’t have any impact on the conflict between India and Pakistan’’
The Nobel Committee praised the pair “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education” But there was nothing to praise them for their peace work.
The whole thing is this is an uncovered of ‘covered interest’ behind the ‘peace’ prize instead of following the aspiration of Alfred Nobel, founder of Nobel Peace Prize. Satyarthi and Malala will be expected to do some ‘political homework’ rather than noble mission of education and children. If so, that is very unfair to Alfred Nobel and sheer unfairness to both winners too.