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NOMINATIONS FOR THE GANDHI PEACE PRIZE 2020


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The Ministry of Culture invites nominations for awarding Gandhi Peace Prize and for the year 2020, last date for receiving the nominations been extended.

Gandhi Peace Prize

  • The International Gandhi Peace Prize, named after Mahatma Gandhi, is awarded annually by the Government of India.
  • Government of India launched the International Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
  • This award is given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods.

The jury that decides the awardee each year consists of:

  1. The Prime Minister of India,
  2. The Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha,
  3. The Chief Justice of India,
  4. Speaker of the Lok Sabha
  5. One other eminent person.
  • 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.
  • Julius K Nyerere, former Tanzanian President, was the first recipient of the award in 1995.

Gandhi Peace Prize Winners to know about

YearRecipientDecription
1998Ramakrishna MissionFounded by Swami Vivekananda for promoting social welfare, tolerance, and non-violence among disadvantaged groups.
1999Baba AmteSocial worker, known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy.
2000Nelson MandelaSouth African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
2001John HumeNorthern Irish Politician and major figure in the Northern Ireland peace process.
2005Desmond TutuSouth African cleric and social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
2014ISROSpace agency of the Indian Govt. Objective is to advance space technology and deliver the applications of it.
2016Sulabh InternationalA social service organization that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education.
2016Akshaya Patra FoundationA non-profit organisation in India that runs school lunch programme across India.
2017Ekal Abhiyan TrustContribution in providing Education for Rural and Tribal Children in remote areas pan India, Rural Empowerment, Gender and Social Equality.
2018Yōhei SasakawaContribution in Leprosy Eradication in India and across the world.
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