Government of India instituted the Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995 on the occasion of the 125″ Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as a tribute to the ideals espoused by Mahatma Gandhi. It is a prestigious Award carrying an amount of Rs.1.00 crore and a citation. The Awardee(s), every year, are selected by an eminent Jury under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
The past awardees include luminaries like Dr. Julius Nyerere, Former President of Tanzania, Dr. Gerhard Fischer, Federal Republic of Germany, Ramakrishna Mission, Baba Amte (Shri Murlidhar Devidas Amte), Late Dr. Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt, Indian Space Research Organisation, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Sulabh International, Ekal Abhiyan Trust and Sh Yohei Sasakawa, Japan.
This Award is given to individual(s) and institution(s) for their outstanding contribution towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods, for amelioration of human sufferings, particularly of the less sections of the society, contributing towards social justice and harmony. The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, creed or sex.
A written work in order to be eligible for consideration should have been published during the last ten years. Normally recent works during the 10 years immediately preceding the nomination are considered. Older works may also be considered if their significance has become apparent only recently.
Nominations are invited from various eminent persons and institutions every year as mentioned in the Code of Procedure (copy enclosed). The same can also be viewed on this Ministry’s website: <www.indiacuIture.nic.in>. I request your active consideration and cooperation in the matter so that the choice is broad based and the most deserving person/institution is selected for the honour.
Send recommendations by 30th April, 2021 for person(s)/ institution(s) which could be considered for the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2021 in the enclosed proforma. If required, additional sheets of paper may be used to give details of work and achievements.
If any, and nomination may be sent by e-mail to: Shri. Manoj Dehury, Deputy Secretary, Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission, Ministry of Culture (email@example.com), Telephone No. 011-23382402.
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2nd October, 1869, at Porbandar in Gujarat and died on 30th January, 1948, at Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi.
- He was a lawyer, politician, social activist, writer and became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India.
- He is considered the Father of the Nation.
- Rabindranath Tagore is said to have given him the title of Mahatma.
- Gandhi and his ideologies played an important role in liberating India from the British.
- Gandhi’s Works:
- Journals: Young India, Navajivan, Harijan, Harijan Bandhu, Indian Opinion I and II, etc.
- Books: Hind Swaraj, Satyagraha in South Africa, The Story of My Experiments with Truth (autobiography), etc.
- Foundations: Natal Indian Congress (South Africa, 1894), Phoenix Settlement (South Africa, 1904), Satyagraha Ashram (Ahemadabad, 1915), Harijan Sevak Sangh (1932), Sevagram Ashram (Wardha, 1936), etc.