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Pledge to build compassionate, inclusive, secure, self reliant and self-respecting India: Nobel laureate Satyarthi at Vijay Dashmi function of RSS
Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi during Vijay Dashmi function held by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at its headquraters in Nagpur, speaking to the gathering Satyarthi said, "Not only does this festival of Vijaya Dashmi signify the victory of Rama over Ravana but it also celebrates the triumph of humility over ego; morality over immorality and compassion over cruelty. This day actually celebrates renunciation of throne by exile ridden Rama and the victory of the most down-trodden, marginalised, and excluded people residing in villages, forests, and foothills under the reigns of their revered deity."

He was of the view that it was inherent spiritual power of my motherland that inspired an ordinary person like me to run a worldwide movement to save childhoods from being ruined. "Over the last twenty years, the number of child labourers globally has fallen from 260 million to around 150 million. I feel heart-wrenched that even the day and age we live in; our daughters are still sold and brought at price much less than what cattle commands," he continued while asserting that India might be a land of hundred problems but it is also the mother of over a billion solutions.

In held that technology and material progress required robust social education and values, and said, "In the absence of familial values, human feelings and compassion where would we all head to? In my opinion, countries with capitalist economies that are driven by physical luxuries would need India the most at that point in time. Therefore we must forthwith start inculcating sensitivity within ourselves."

He urged, "I invoke the youth of India. Instead of copying and chasing the shadow of others recognise your innate cultural strength and derive self-respect from it. Let us all take a pledge for building a compassionate, inclusive, secure, self reliant and self-respecting India. If we start with millions of most marginalised and socially excluded children and work towards ensuring their freedom, protection, security, education, values and health only then will we be able to realise our goal of building a great India."

The full text of his speech is now available on the internet, a few important excepts are as follows.

-I clearly see the potential of building a Samvedansheel Bharat (Compassionate India), Samaaveshi Bharat (Inclusive India), Surakshit Bharat (Safe and Secure India), Swavalambi Bharat (Self-reliant India) and Swaabhimaani Bharat (Self-respecting India)!

-No respectable society can be built without compassion. Compassionless politics, economy and society are much like a body without the soul. Without genuinely feeling the pain of others and a firm determination to work towards ending that suffering happiness and peace cannot be instilled.

-India is a land of diversities. Our myriad religions, ways of worshipping, food, cultures, languages, costumes, and ways of thinking are beautifully nestled as colorful flowers in a vase. This is where our true beauty lies. There is no other country as diverse as India. Inclusivity is our soul. Without inclusivity unity in diversity cannot be imagined.

-I have always said that the West has taught us globalization of markets, economy, consumerism, manufacturing and technology. This tornado and hot gust of materialism has swept most of us off our feet. To counter this we must ensure that cool and gentle breeze of compassion emanates from our great motherland.

- In the contemporary times robots, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality are growing at a very rapid pace. There is no denying that they are useful too, but we should be equally mindful of the fact as to where would this fast paced technology lead us in 20-30 years from now? For all you know the role of teachers, doctors, philosophers, guides and motivators shall be significantly slighted. Along with schools, hospitals and markets our interpersonal relationships might just also shrink considerably.

-Our women grapple with fear, threat and insecurity at home, workplace, localities and public places. Those who are entrusted with the responsibility of running shelter homes for girls are raping and murdering them...Silence of the society succumbing in front of crime and injustice is not merely cowardice but quite violent in itself!

- Millions of children remain malnourished. Meaningful, quality and employment oriented skill building and education continues to be a challenge staring in our face. If we really want to reclaim the title of Golden Bird for our country, we will have to ensure that 85 million children who remain outside the ambit of education in our country are provided with quality, meaningful and equitable education.

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