Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful.
Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains, but I will see the end of child labor in my lifetime.
India may be a land of over a 100 problems, but it is also a place for a billion solutions.
Child labor perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population growth, and other social problems.
I am positive that I would see the end of child labour around the world in my lifetime, as the poorest of the poor have realised that education is a tool that can empower them.
Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.
Economic growth and human development need to go hand in hand. Human values need to be advocated vigorously.
I call for a march from exploitation to education, from poverty to shared prosperity, a march from slavery to liberty, and a march from violence to peace.
There is a triangular relationship between poverty, child labour and illiteracy who have a cause and consequence relationship. We will have to break this vicious circle.
If not now, then when? If not you, then who? If we are able to answer these fundamental questions, then perhaps we can wipe away the blot of human slavery.
For me, peace is a fundamental human right of every child; it is inevitable and divine.
I have been very strongly advocating that poverty must not be used as an excuse to continue child labour. It perpetuates poverty. If children are deprived of education, they remain poor.
I dream for a world which is free of child labour, a world in which every child goes to school. A world in which every child gets his rights.
Denial of childhood and denial of freedom are the biggest sins which humankind has been committing and perpetuating for ages.
Today, I see thousands of Mahatma Gandhis, Martin Luther Kings, and Nelson Mandelas marching forward and calling on us. The boys and girls have joined. I have joined in. We ask you to join, too.
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