BHOPAL : It was a proud moment for the residents of the city. As the news of Kailash Satyarthi, born in the neighbouring Vidisha having been awarded the Nobel Prize spread, social networking sites were flooded with congratulatory messages.

People from different walks of life expressed their elation over the recognition given to the crusader for child rights.

Talking to Free Press, Archana Shah, Director, Child Helpline and an active social worker said, ” I got a chance to work with him around 10- 15 years ago at Delhi. It gives me immense joy because a person from the field in which I am working has been awarded. He worked relentlessly in Ratlam and Mandsaur area for the children employed in slate industry. The award would act as a motivation for the workers in the field.” Vibhanshu Joshi, member of MP Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said, ” It is a great achievement. I would say ‘ Team Asia’ has won the award. It proves that the happiness of child is the first order of business worldwide. I got a very brief chance to work with him but I admire the way he worked.

His statement during an interview that teachers should behave like friends of students and not dictators impresses me a lot. Satyarthi’s hard work resulted in the epic judgement by the Supreme Court after which FIR registration by the police in the missing child cases started.” Social worker Abdul Jabbar said, ” I did not have much opportunity to work with Satyarthi but did a seminar on child rights with him and his passion for child rights left a long lasting impression on me. He took out a state- wide rally named Bachpan Bachao which concluded at the Shahjhani Park. I got a brief chance to meet him during the MP election in which Swami Agnivesh contested.” Rekha a social activist working as state coordinator for ‘ Hifazaat’ said, ” I never directly worked with Satyarthiji but got an opportunity on many occasion to work with his organisation on many issues. He filed an RTI at each and every police station of the country to find supporting facts for his PIL at Supreme Court on missing children issue. His works are remarkable and it gives me immense pleasure that I am working in the same field.” Alok Agrawal, NBA leader, said, ” I congratulate Satyarthiji on receiving this prestigious award. Although I did not get a chance to work with him directly but I respect his commitment for the cause. It is a matter of pride for all of us.” ‘

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