Gandhi Peace Prize

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Gandhi Peace Prize
Awarded forContributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods
Sponsored byGovernment of India
Presented byGovernment of India Edit this on Wikidata
Reward(s) 1 Crore (10 million)
First awarded1995
Last awarded2020
Total awarded19
Latest winnerSheikh Mujibur Rahman

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 1 crore (US$130,000) 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 gender.

A jury consisting of the Prime Minister of India, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the Chief Justice of India, Speaker of the Lok Sabha and one other eminent person 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 it is considered that none of the proposals merit recognition, the jury is free to withhold the award for that year; the award was withheld in the years from 2006 to 2012 inclusive. 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]


Indicates a joint award for that year
Sl no Year Recipient Image Birth / death Country Description
1 1995 Julius Nyerere[2] Julius Nyerere cropped.jpg 1922–1999  Tanzania Julius Kambarage Nyerere was a Tanzanian politician who served as the leader of Tanzania, and previously Tanganyika, from 1960 until his retirement in 1985.
2 1996 A. T. Ariyaratne[2] Dr Ariyaratne meeting with leaders in the North.jpg b. 1931  Sri Lanka Founder of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement
3 1997 Gerhard Fischer[3][4]  – 1921–2006  Germany German diplomat, recognised for his work against leprosy and polio
4 1998 Ramakrishna Mission[2]  – est. 1897  India Founded by Swami Vivekananda for promoting social welfare, tolerance, and non-violence among disadvantaged groups
5 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
6 2000 Nelson Mandela[2] Nelson Mandela-2008 (edit).jpg 1918–2013  South Africa Former President of South Africa[2]
Grameen Bank  – est. 1983  Bangladesh Founded by Muhammad Yunus
7 2001 John Hume[1][2] John Hume 2008.jpg 1937–2020  Ireland Northern Irish Politician and major figure in the Northern Ireland peace process
8 2002 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan[2]  – est. 1938  India Educational trust that emphasises Indian culture
9 2003 Václav Havel[6][7] Václav Havel 2008.jpg 1936–2011  Czech Republic Last President of Czechoslovakia and first President of the Czech Republic
10 2004 Coretta Scott King[2] Corettascottking.jpg 1927–2006  United States Activist and civil rights leader.
11 2005 Desmond Tutu[8] DesmondTutuDec10.jpg 1931–2021  South Africa South African cleric and activist.He was South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
12 2013 Chandi Prasad Bhatt[9][10] Chandi prasad bhatt 1.jpg b. 1934  India Environmentalist, social activist and pioneer of the Chipko movement.Founded Dasholi Gram Swarajya Sangh (DGSS)
13 2014 ISRO[11] Indian Space Research Organisation Logo.svg est. 1969  India Space agency of the Indian Govt. Objective is to advance space technology and deliver the applications of it
14 2015 Vivekananda Kendra[12] est. 1972  India A Hindu spiritual organisation based on the principles preached by Swami Vivekananda
15 2016 Akshaya Patra Foundation est.2000  India A non-profit organisation in India that runs school lunch programme across India
Sulabh International est. 1970  India A social service organization that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education.
16 2017 Ekal Abhiyan Trust  India Contribution in providing Education for Rural and Tribal Children in remote areas pan India, Rural Empowerment, Gender and Social Equality.
17 2018 Yōhei Sasakawa Yohei Sasakawa (2015).jpg b. 1939  Japan For his contribution in Leprosy Eradication in India and across the world.[13]
18 2019 Qaboos bin Said Al Said QaboosBinSaidAlSaid (cropped).jpg 1940–2020  Oman For contributions for social, economic and political transformation through non-violent and other Gandhian methods.[14]
19 2020 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1950.jpg 1920–1975  Bangladesh For his contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violent and other Gandhian methods.[15]

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  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. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  4. ^ Radhakrishnan, R.K. (5 July 2006). "Gerhard Fischer passes away". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  5. ^ Archived 11 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 4 November 2006.
  6. ^ "PIB Press Release – President to confer the Gandhi Peace Prize to Mr. Vaclav Havel". 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". 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, founded Dasholi Swarajya Gram Sangh". 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.
  11. ^ "ISRO gets Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Centre Announces Winners Of Gandhi Peace Prize For 2015-2018". ndtv. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Japan's Sasakawa Yōhei Wins International Gandhi Peace Prize for Hansen's Disease Work". 25 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Gandhi Peace Prize for the Year 2019 announced". PIB. 22 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Gandhi Peace Prize for the Year 2020 announced". PIB. 22 March 2021.