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Kailash Satyarthi

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Published : Saturday, 22 November , 2014 11:15 AM 
 
Reading success stories of great professionals stimulates motivational enzyme within us and we all wish to emulate them on our path of success. 
 
Exactly with this aim MBA Rendezvous is presenting you series of motivational stories of successful Professionals who have   carved a niche in their own way and have become icons of Management Fraternity. 
 
Following above, read motivational story of KailashSatyarthi :
 
The life and struggle of India’s latest Nobel laureate
 
Very few in social life have the courage to leave a settled career and choose a path full of pain and struggle for a cause which they genuinely want to puruse. KailashSatyarthi and his more than three decades of struggle to eradicate the practice of child labour in India is a shining example in that sense. Born on January 11, 1954 in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, Satyarthi studied electrical engineering at a government college. After completing his post-graduation, Satyarthi started teaching in a college in Bhopal but soon gave up his promising career as an electrical engineer and dedicated his life to helping the millions of children in India who are forced into servitude. 
 
One of his first campaigns invovled a football club using membership fees to pay the school fees of needy children, while another project started a book bank in Vidisha. In 1980, Satyarthi formed the BachpanBachaoAndolan, which became his platform to lead the anti-child labour campaign. 
 
He began raiding factories, brick kilns, and carpet-making workshops to puruse the cause. In the late 1990s, Satyarthi was a lead organizer of the Global March Against Child Labour, aimed at raising consciousness about millions of children abused worldwide in a form of modern slavery. Today it has become an umbrella group of 2000 like-minded civil society groups and trade unions spanning more than 140 countries and saved around 83,000 children. 
 
Thanks to the efforts and activism of Satyarthi and his ilk the International Labour Organziation adopted Convention no 182 on the worst forms of child labour, which now serves as a principal guideline for the governments across the world.
 
He also founded RugMark, an international scheme that tags all carpets made in factories certified as child labour-free. The Nobel Laureate now plans to extend the labeling program to other products such as soccer balls, another popular product that is commonly made by children.
 
More recently he has launched operations to rescue girls sold into abusive forced marriages and helped turn hundreds of villages into rehabilitation centres to teach trades to abused teenagers. 
 
Another visionary program that Satyarthi has launched is ‘BalMitra Gram’ which focuses on villages actively taking part in abolition of child labour and creating education opportunities for every child. 
 
His Bal Ashram in Rajasthan has emerged as a transition center where children freed from bonded labour and other trades are taught basic skills. The Ashram can accommodate only 100 children. More such facilities with genuine passion for the upliftment of children are needed, Satyarthi believes. It is here India’s big corporate houses can be roped in and committed to abolish the practice of child labour from India.
 
We need more examples like KailashSatyarthi to raise issues that continue to plague Indian society. An honest appreciation of their work and struggle is also required, which more than often goes unnoticed until someone in abroad takes notice of their work and announces a Nobel or Magsaysay Award.
 
 
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