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Gandhi Peace Prize

Posted on: November 3, 2009

Gandhi Peace Prize


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 Mahatma 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.

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.

 [edit] Gandhi Peace Prize Recipients

Year   Name   Recipient Description  
1995 Julius Nyerere 1st President of Tanzania
1996 A. T. Ariyaratne Founder of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement
1997 Gerhard Fischer[1][2] German diplomat, recognised for his work against leprosy and polio
1998 Ramakrishna Mission Founded by Swami Vivekananda for promoting social welfare, tolerance, and non-violence among disadvantaged groups
1999 Baba Amte[3] Social Worker
2000 Nelson Mandela (co-recipient) Former President of South Africa
2000 Grameen Bank (co-recipient) Founded by Muhammad Yunus
2001 John Hume[4] Northern Irish Politician
2002 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Educational trust that emphasizes Indian culture
2003 Václav Havel Last President of Czechoslovakia and first President of the Czech Republic
2004 Coretta Scott King Widow of Martin Luther King
2005 Desmond Tutu[5] South African cleric and activist
2006 Shabana Azmi[6] Actress and poverty activist
2007 Media Lens[7] UK-based media watch project
2008 Harold Good[8] (co-recipient) Northern Irish minister and disarmament witness
2008 Alec Reid[9] (co-recipient) Northern Irish minister and disarmament witness
2009 Aung Sang Suu Kyi[10] Myanmar Peace Activist

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