An extraordinary man
THE LIGHT OF THE SAME SUN
by Kailash Satyarthi
The Light of the Same Sun will trace Kailash’s path from his awakening to the injustices plaguing his own city of birth in central India to his emergence as one of the most steadfast and essential seekers of justice in our time. Kailash will also focus on the stories of individual children who he’s rescued during frequently harrowing operations, allowing us to glimpse their progress beyond the restraints of their captivity. This book will look back on the tragedies and triumphs of his efforts, as it points the way forward, with the unyielding optimism and call to action that the matter so desperately requires. This is a book born of and dedicated to a mission that we would all do well to join – national governments, inter-governmental organizations and NGO’s, private industry and the individual citizens who populate all of these entities. We are all implicated, just as we are all capable, in Kailash’s words, of “doing our bit.”
Kailash Satyarthi is a human rights activist from India who has been at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor since 1980 when he gave up a lucrative career as an Electrical Engineer for initiating crusade against Child Servitude. As a grassroots activist, he has led the rescue of over 80000 child slaves and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation. As a worldwide campaigner, he has been the architect of the single largest civil society network for the most exploited children, the Global March Against Child Labor, which is a worldwide coalition of NGOs, Teachers’ Union and Trade Unions. He is a member of a High Level Group formed by UNESCO on Education for All comprising of select Presidents, Prime Ministers and UN Agency Heads. He has survived numerous attacks on his life during his crusade to end child labour, but despite of these attacks his commitment to stand tall for the cause of child slaves has been unwavering.
Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: