This "Seeker of Truth," is synonymous with the crusade against child slavery in India. Kailash Satyarthi, born in 1954, started with the basics by turning the public opinion of child slavery from one of apathy and denial to a profound acknowledgment as a pertinent and urgent concern in the minds of prominent decision makers. He then worked to philosophically label it as a human rights concern instead of a welfare matter by arguing that child labor is largely responsible for the agreed upon social evils of illiteracy, poverty and population explosion. Riding this ideology, he created the Global March Against Child Labor, one of the most powerful civil society movements for social change, that is now active in over 140 countries, and has made massive progress in the implementation of international laws against child labor. In addition to many initiatives to empower and rehabilitate the 67,000 children that have been released from child slavery, Satyarthi founded Rugmark, an international conglomerate of independent companies from a dozen countries that import and export carpets. "Rugmark" is the social label given only after a field inspection verifies that the carpet was made without child labor. Through Rugmark, responsible businesses have been given an alternative to Child labor, adults have been given employment opportunities, and consumers across the world have been given an ethical choice. For his work, Satyarthi has received much recognition, including a grant from the Skoll Foundation, the Freedom Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, and the US State Department's "Heroes Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery" award. Thanks to Kailash Satyarthi, a philosopher, an activist, and a social entrepreneur, there have been great strides in the restoration of childhood.
"Child labor must not become the nation's social safety net."