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Hey, I think Magsaysay award at best can be equated to Asia's Nobel prizes and no more. Also, the categories are probably different, except for literature and peace. I'll wait for responses for a couple of days and then chnge it as equivalent to Asia's Nobel Prize.
I think the prize is equated to Nobel peace prize because the nobel prize for peace is also awarded to people based on Service to people. The comparison is done at a higher level, not the details of categories. From the awardees list, it seems that people who got it are those who have made significant changes in the society as a whole through their work. So, the comparison is with Nobel Peace prize, and not with the Nobel prize in other categories. But of course, you may be right thinking from a different direction. --Ragib 23:12, 13 August 2005 (UTC)
Lookin at the recepient list I saw only SE Asian nations or Southern nations (India and Pakistan seeming to be the western border). There where no names from the Middle East, Central Asiat or North Asia (i.e. Russia and the rest of former USSR). Is this for lack of worthy recepients or is the prize limited to only parts of Asia? In any case, it should be states that "As of 2010 no-one from the Middle East or the former USSR got the prize". DGtal (talk) 15:17, 8 March 2011 (UTC)