Social activist Kailash Satyarthi has been chosen for the 2014 Nobel Peace prize.
Social activist Kailash Satyarthi has been chosen for the 2014 Nobel Peace prize.Twitter

Indian Child Right's activist Kailash Satyarthi have been chosen for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago for advocating girls' right to education.

The prize, worth about $1.1 million, will be presented in Oslo on 10 December, on the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the award in his 1895 will.

Who is Kailash Satyarthi?

The 60-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner from India, Kailash Satyarthi, gave up a lucrative career as an electrical engineer to initiate a movement to end child labour and exploitation in 1984.

He is responsible for starting one of the largest civil society movements - Global March Against Child Labour, which now is a worldwide forum of NGOs, Teachers' Union and Trade Unions.

He also founded the Global Campaign for Education that works to end education crisis worldwide.

Satyarthi, who played a crucial role in starting the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement), has rescued over 80,000 children from bonded labour and child traffickers. He is also the man, who was pivotal in bringing the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 in India.

An internationally acclaimed social activist, Satyarthi's crusade against child traffickers has often earned him the wrath of his enemies.  In 2004, he was mercilessly beaten up by child traffickers in Lucknow, but such incidents never stopped this crusader from his mission.

The Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2014, in the past had been nominated for Nobel on several occasions, but had missed it narrowly.

He has also been conferred with Defenders of Democracy Award (2009-US); Alfonso Comin International Award (2008-Spain) and Medal of the Italian Senate (2007-Italy). He also has been bestowed with Robert F Kennedy International Human Rights Award and Aachener International Peace Prize.

Satyarthi lives in New Delhi, India along with his his wife, daughter, son and daughter in-law.