Bruce P. Corrie, PhD, Chai.News
Jamshed Merchant, the Consul General of Canada to Minnesota and his wife Pheroza Merchant offered a warm Canadian-Minnesotan welcome to Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi at their residence in Hopkins, Minnesota at the close of the 2106 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Mr. Satyarthi was first introduced to Minnesota and the nation by Fred de Sam Lazaro the local producer of PBS’s series, “Untold Stories” in 2013. Guests got to see a lighter side of Satyarthi with his infectious humor. He particularly enjoyed Indian food after a long spell of “tomato soup and vegetable pizza” during his Minnesota visit.
Here are some excerpts from Nobel Laureate Satyarthi’s speech when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 that reminds us why he visited Minnesota…
Friends! There is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of our children.
I refuse to accept that all the temples and mosques and churches and prayer houses have no place for the dreams of our children.
I refuse to accept that the world is so poor, when just one week of global military expenditure can bring all the children to classrooms.
I refuse to accept that all the laws and constitutions, police and judges are unable to protect our children.
I refuse to accept that the shackles of slavery can ever be stronger than the quest for freedom.
I REFUSE TO ACCEPT.
My only aim in life is that every child is free to be a child,
– free to grow and develop,
– free to eat, sleep, and see daylight,
– free to laugh and cry,
– free to play and learn,
– free to go to school, and above all,
– free to dream.
I call for a march from exploitation to education, I call for a march from poverty to shared prosperity, a march from slavery to liberty, and a march from violence to peace. © THE NOBEL FOUNDATION, STOCKHOLM, 2014