The Dalai Lama wrote messages of congratulations to both Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on their jointly-awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
To Kailash Satyarthi, 60, who was awarded the prize as recognition of his work as a children’s rights activist in India, the Dalai Lama wrote:
Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation and someone I consider to be a personal mentor, has been of widespread inspiration across the world, for his dedication to peaceful, non-violent change. I see the award of this prize to you, his follower, as an acknowledgement of him as well.
His message to Malala Yousafzai, 17, the youngest-ever winner for her advocacy of education in Pakistan, he wrote the following:
For someone so young you showed immense courage in the stand you took to defend girls’ right to education. Later, you again showed tremendous strength as you recovered from the injuries inflicted by those who violently disagreed with you. That you have continued, unbowed, to promote the basic right to education earns only admiration.
The Dalai Lama further expressed his feeling that the decision by the Nobel committee to jointly recognize an Indian man and a Pakistani woman emphasized that only as brothers and sisters, beyond national identities, will we form a more peaceful world.
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