A public statement by two senior activists and a former colleague of Kailash Satyarthi.
We write this with no malice, ill will or jealousy.
We write this for TRUTH is more important for us. And even if the whole world condemns us for saying the TRUTH, we’ll stand by it.
The earlier deserving winners of Nobel Peace Prize have been: Dr. (Rev) Martin Luther King, Jr; Nelson Mandela; Bishop Desmond Tutu; Mother Teresa; and Dalai Lama. In fact, Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay, who i met in a retreat in 2008 in Teen Murti) was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by none other than Martin Luther King, Jr. But still he couldn’t get it.
Having worked with Kailash Satyarthi in 1999 and surely having loved working there, i (Indu) feel he still didn’t deserve the award. For what he did with his one of the oldest colleague, Ms. Suman Srivastava, is condemnable. He and his team did a total character assassination of her. And anyone who came against this rot setting in, were slapped criminal defamation cases. We’ve one such case against us in the Rohini Court.
A candidate for Nobel Peace Prize can’t terrify his own staff and anyone standing to oppose it. A person who gets this Award has to be peace incarnate.
If people like Kailash get this award, then it seems the Nobel Peace Prize has lost its credibility. And if it’s so then The Nobel Prize giving committee may continue to bestow such meaningless Awards. One wonders, what was the hurry in giving this Award without proper scrutiny?
Being a feminist, we can’t forgive Kailash for what he (and his team) did to Suman Srivastava. Notwithstanding, the Note of Appreciation given to me (Indu) by Kailash Satyarthi, in 1999. In my recent meetings with him he asked me to come back to SACCS / BBA. But this was the reason; i (Indu) never went back.
Indu Prakash Singh, President, Forum Against Corruption & Threats (FACT), Indra Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi, General Secretary, Forum Against Corruption & Threats (FACT). Dated: 11th October 2014
To know the story of Suman Srivastava click here (Hindi).