Gandhi Peace Prize

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For the award presented by the US peace education organisation Promoting Enduring Peace, see Gandhi Peace Award. For the award presented by the London-based Gandhi Foundation, see Gandhi International Peace Award.
Gandhi Peace Prize
Category International
First awarded 1995
Total awarded 13
Awarded by Government of India
Cash award INR 1 Crore (10 million)
First awardee(s) Julius Nyerere
Last awardee(s) Chandi Prasad Bhatt

The International Gandhi Peace Prize, named after Mahatma Gandhi, is awarded annually by the Government of India.

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 INR 1 Crore (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.

A jury consisting of the Prime Minister of India, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the Chief Justice of India and two other eminent persons decides the awardee each year.

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, to be eligible for consideration, should have been published.[1]

Recipients[edit]

Indicates a joint award for that year
Year Recipient Image Birth / death Country Description
1995 Julius Nyerere[2] Julius Nyerere cropped.jpg 1922–1999 Tanzania First President of Tanzania
1996 A. T. Ariyaratne[2] Dr Ariyaratne meeting with leaders in the North.jpg b. 1931 Sri Lanka Founder of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement
1997 Gerhard Fischer[3][4]  – 1921–2006 Germany German diplomat, recognised for his work against leprosy and polio
1998 Ramakrishna Mission[2]  – est. 1897 India Founded by Swami Vivekananda for promoting social welfare, tolerance, and non-violence among disadvantaged groups
1999 Baba Amte[5][2]  – 1914–2008 India Social worker, known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy
2000 Nelson Mandela[2] Nelson Mandela-2008 (edit).jpg b. 1918-2013 South Africa Former President of South Africa[2]
Grameen Bank  – est. 1983 Bangladesh Founded by Muhammad Yunus
2001 John Hume[1][2] John Hume 2008.jpg b. 1937 Northern Ireland Northern Irish Politician
2002 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan[2]  – est. 1938 India Educational trust that emphasises Indian culture
2003 Václav Havel[6][7] Václav Havel 2008.jpg 1936–2011 Czech Republic Last President of Czechoslovakia and first President of the Czech Republic
2004 Coretta Scott King[2] Corettascottking.jpg 1927–2006 United States Activist and civil rights leader. Wife of Martin Luther King.
2005 Desmond Tutu[8] DesmondTutuDec10.jpg b. 1931 South Africa South African cleric and activist
2013 Chandi Prasad Bhatt[9][10]  – b. 1934 India Environmentalist, social activist and pioneer of the Chipko movement

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Press Information Bureau Website Retrieved 4 November 2006.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "International Gandhi Peace Prize". Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "President Confers Gandhi Peace Prize 1997 on Dr.Gerhard Fischer of Germany". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 5 January 1998. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  4. ^ Radhakrishnan, R.K. (5 July 2006). "Gerhard Fischer passes away". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Narmada.org Retrieved 4 November 2006.
  6. ^ "PIB Press Release – President to confer the Gandhi Peace Prize to Mr. Vaclav Havel". pib.mic.in. Government of India Press Information Bureau. 2 January 2004. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "PIB Press Release – Gandhi Peace Prize conferred on Mr. Vaclav Havel". pib.mic.in. Government of India Press Information Bureau. 5 January 2004. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Tutu to be honoured with Gandhi Peace Award Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  9. ^ Joshua, Anita (1 March 2014). "Gandhi Peace Prize for Chipko pioneer". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Singh, Kautilya (1 March 2014). "Gandhi Peace Prize for Chandi Prasad Bhatt". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 March 2014.