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Nobel laureate sends message of love, compassion to Taiwan

Nobel laureate sends message of love, compassion to Taiwan

New Delhi, Jan. 13 (CNA) India's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi said Tuesday that pens and books are mightier than bullets and that love and compassion are more powerful than violence. On the eve of his departure for Taiwan, Satyarthi told CNA that he is excited about his upcoming visit, as he will be seeing his "extended family of Taiwanese sons and daughters" who love him "like my own children." Asked to comment on terrorist attacks in Peshawar, Pakistan last month and the recent one in Paris, the peace prize winner said these events are "unfortunate and shameful" in which only a handful of people were fighting in the name of God or religion. Instead of doing justice to God or religion, the terrorists or suicide bombers are putting a "black spot" on the face of humankind, he said. He made the point that violence only leads to violence and "it is suicidal," while compassion leads to compassion and "it is divine." He suggested that if people want to live in peace, they should speak out against violence. "They cannot live in peace without speaking out against violence," he added. What people have been doing in Paris in the wake of the terrorist attacks is an indicaton that the whole world is feeling connected in the face of violence, he said. "People are getting more and more sensitive toward humanity," he said, calling this "a good sign." The children's rights activist, who shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, will be visiting several Taiwanese charity groups to learn more about the development of social welfare in Taiwan on his first trip to the country Jan. 14-18. The 60-year old founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), or Save the Childhood Movement, will visit the Eden Social Welfare Foundation, the Child Welfare League Foundation and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. Established by Satyarthi in 1980, BBA has rescued more than 83,500 victims of trafficking, slavery and child labor and has been seen by many as India's largest grassroots movement for the protection of children, ensuring their education, according to BBA's website.
(By Ho Horng-ju and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-23 19:36 GMT+08:00