NEW DELHI: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has said that the Peace Prize which he shared with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has put the plight of exploited and deprived children across the world in the global spotlight.
"In my personal experience, the announcement of this year's Nobel for Malala and me almost instantaneously pushed the issue of the most exploited and deprived children of the world to the centrestage," Satyarthi said here today.
He was participating in an event that marked the largest Nobel programme outside of Scandinavia at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) here.
"I have never seen this happening in history. It has enormously elevated the moral strength, motivation and determination of hundreds of thousands of grassroots workers across the world. I am sure this will go a long way in restoring freedom, education and peace for all children," said Satyarthi, the founder of the NGO, Bachpan Bachao Andolan.
The event was attended by former President APJ Abdul Kalam and 2006 Nobel Physics Laureate George Smoot.
A travelling exhibition, 'The Nobel Prize: Ideas changing the world', also opened at NMML. The exhibition displays key objects and documents using artistic interpretations and the latest exhibition technology.
Among the artefacts are flasks from Alfred Nobel's laboratory and a notepad belonging to Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel prize winner in Literature.
Speaking on the occasion, Lars Heikensten, CEO, Nobel Foundation, said, "We remain committed to encouraging a quest for innovation, knowledge and discovery.
Through this extensive Nobel programme in India, we hope to stimulate young people to engage in the big issues of our time to make an impact in the world."
The official Nobel activities in India will include a lecture by Smoot in Bangalore and by laureate in Economic Sciences, Finn Kydland, in Mumbai and Pune.
The programme is organised by Nobel Media and Nobel Museum with the support of Swedish companies Saab, Sandvik, Scania and Volvo.
The official Nobel activities in India are being held in connection with the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week, which is organised by the Swedish Embassy in India.