Debating if joint Peace Nobel an Indian and a Pakistani could bring India and Pakistan to good terms when its ministers don’t know who Kailash Satyarthi is!!
Since October 10 when it was announced, the implications and prospects of an Indian and a Pakistani sharing the Peace Nobel were being debated regularly. On December 10, when the award presentation ceremony was being held in Oslo, it made for one of the major headlines again.
Now, Malala Yousafzai is not in Pakistan and no one knows when she would be able to return to her country given the kind of religious orthodoxy there that is hostile to the thoughts of equality of women.
But Kailash Satyarthi is very much in India. His whole life and activism has been in India. Yes, he was not widely known. But his outreach increased manifold after the Peace Nobel announcement that he was awarded jointly with Malala on December 10.
But it seems he is still not widely known, to the extent that politicians and ministers from his own state know him by his work and name.
It was funny and interesting and good enough for satirical slapstick stuff.
Incidentally, some politicians and ministers of Madhya Pradesh, the state Kailash Satyarthi comes from, congratulated Kailash Vijayvargiya, urban administration and development minister of Madhya Pradesh, who is also known for making controversial and ‘in bad social taste’ statements regularly, for ‘receiving’ the Nobel Peace Prize.
A report in Hindustan Times wrote: Minister for animal husbandry, food processing and public health engineering Kusum Mehadele, tribal welfare minister Gyan Singh and a few MLAs lauded ‘Kailash Vijayvargiya’s achievements’ saying it is a matter of pride for the state and their fraternity.
Another minister observed that his party had many other worthy contenders of the award and they should also get it while congratulating Vijayvargiya.
One of them saw work done by Vijayvargiya in Indore as the reason behind Nobel Committee’s decision while the other one tried to reach closer to make his answer as logical as possible, as far as his wisdom allowed him, saying Mr. Vijayvargiya got the award as a result of his extensive social work. We need to dig more to know on Nobel Committee’s connection with Indore!
The ignorance was bliss not just for Vijayvargiya’s party members, Bhartiya Janata Party. A Bahujan Samaj Party MLA (member of the legislative assembly) mused: Vijayvargiya could get Nobel only because of his party’s government in the state as well as at the centre otherwise his work was not up to the stature of the Nobel Prize.
Though Nobel is an annual talking point, we will find ‘plenty’ of happy and wise Indians including their elected representatives bathing in the sea of ‘blissful’ ignorance on what a Nobel Peace Prize is. Deliberating on the fine print behind the decision to ‘select the recipients’ is a natural far cry in such cases.
And we are debating the nuances of the decision of the five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee to award jointly an Indian, Kailash Satyarthi, and a Pakistani, Malala Yousafzai, the Peace Nobel 2014.
We are debating if the joint Peace Nobel decision to an Indian and a Pakistani could bring India and Pakistan to good terms when its ministers and representatives, elected to make and implement policies to run the state at its various levels of governance, don’t know who Kailash Satyarthi is, an activist with a long career and from their own state, not even after October 10, 2014, when his name was announced for the Nobel Peace Prize and he was on TV channels and in newspapers. Even a one-on-one with Narendra Modi could not help Mr. Satyarthi to become a ‘heard’ name for the dignitaries!
A random survey among the elected representatives at all levels, in all states and at Union, for sure, would return with interesting and insightful information.
These hilarious video clips are self-explanatory. Watch it and work on your thoughts with the smile it brings.
KAILASH SATYARTHI VS KAILASH VIJAYVARGIYA: NOBEL MUSINGS OF ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/