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Breaking the cycle of bonded labor in India

By Amar Lal

Satyarthi’s vision is to ensure that birth is never an automatic sentence to a life of servitude. This commitment has enabled thousands of children like me to do something I once thought impossible: to dream. Children are the foundation of a peaceful and prosperous future. The only way to build a strong, empowered and vibrant India is to guarantee that every child is free, educated and healthy.

Today, I am all of that and more. And yet many children across the country remain trapped in the nightmare of bondage. We must help them escape, too. If we succeed, bonded labor in India — an institution that has devastated millions of lives for centuries — will finally end with my generation.

Amar Lal, a former bonded child laborer, is a lawyer and human rights activist.

Copyright: Project Syndicate

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