Gandhi Peace Prize
|Gandhi Peace Prize|
|Awarded by||Government of India|
|Cash award||10 million|
|First awardee(s)||Julius Nyerere|
As a tribute to the ideals espoused by Gandhi, the Government of India launched the International Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi. This is an annual award given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods. The award carries Rs. 10 million in cash, convertible in any currency in the world, a plaque and a citation. It is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, creed or sex.
Ordinarily, only proposals coming from competent persons invited to nominate are considered. However, a proposal is not taken as invalid for consideration by the jury merely on the ground of not having emanated from competent persons. If, however, it is considered that none of the proposals merit recognition, the jury is free to withhold the award for that year. Only achievements within 10 years immediately preceding the nomination are considered for the award; an older work may, however, be considered if its significance has not become apparent until recently. A written work, in order to be eligible for consideration, should have been published.
|Indicates a joint award for that year|
|Year||Recipient||Image||Birth / death||Country||Description|
|1995||Julius Nyerere||1922 – 1999||Tanzanian||First President of Tanzania|
|1996||A. T. Ariyaratne||b. 1931||Sri Lanka||Founder of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement|
|1997||Gerhard Fischer||1921 - 2006||Germany||German diplomat, recognised for his work against leprosy and polio|
|1998||Ramakrishna Mission||est. 1897||India||Founded by Swami Vivekananda for promoting social welfare, tolerance, and non-violence among disadvantaged groups|
|1999||Baba Amte||1914 – 2008||India||Social worker, known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy|
|2000||Nelson Mandela||b. 1918||South Africa||Former President of South Africa|
|Grameen Bank||est. 1983||Bangladesh||Founded by Muhammad Yunus|
|2001||John Hume||b. 1937||United Kingdom||Northern Irish Politician|
|2002||Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan||est. 1938||India||Educational trust that emphasizes Indian culture|
|2003||Václav Havel||1936 – 2011||Czech Republic||Last President of Czechoslovakia and first President of the Czech Republic|
|2004||Coretta Scott King||1927 – 2006||United States||Activist and civil rights leader. Wife of Martin Luther King.|
|2005||Desmond Tutu||b. 1931||South Africa||South African cleric and activist|
See also 
- Gandhi Memorial International Foundation
- Gandhi Peace Award
- Indira Gandhi Peace Prize
- List of peace activists
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