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Gandhi Peace Prize- About, Winners and Jury Members

Gandhi Peace Prize

Gandhi peace prize was named after Mahatma Gandhi and it is awarded annually by the government of India. The international Gandhi peace prize was launched in 1995 on the 125th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as a tribute. The Gandhi peace prize is awarded to groups, organizations, institutes, or individuals for their contribution to the society towards economic growth, social growth, and political transformation through non-violence and Gandhian methods. The word consists of 1 crore rupee cash which is convertible in any currency in the world, a plaque, and a citation. It is an international award therefore it is open to all regardless of gender race and nationality.

The first recipient of the international Gandhi peace prize was Julius Nyerere in the year 1995. He was a Tanzanian politician who served as the leader of Tanzania and Tanganyika from 1960 to 1985. In the most recent times, the discipline of the international Gandhi peace prize was Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the year 2020. He belongs from Bangladesh and was awarded the international Gandhi peace prize for his contribution toward social, economic, and political transformation through nonviolence.

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Gandhi Peace Prize: Winners

Year Awardees of Gandhi Peace Prize
1995 Dr.Julius K.Nyerere, former President of Tanzania
1996 Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Founder and President of

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka

1997 Dr. Gerhard Fischer of Germany
1998 Ramakrishna Mission (India)
1999 Baba Amte (Murlidhar Devidas Amte) (India)
2000 Dr. Nelson Mandela and Grameen Bank of

Bangladesh (Jointly)

2001 Dr. John Hume, Ireland
2002 Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan
2003 Mr. Vaclav Havel, former President of

Czechoslovakia

2004 Coretta Scott King
2005 Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa
2006-2012 *Award withheld
2013 Chandi Prasad Bhatt
2014 ISRO
2015 Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari
2016 Akshaya Patra Foundation and Sulabh International [Jointly]
2017 EkalAbhiyan Trust
2018 Shri Yohei Sasakawa
2019 Qaboos bin Said Al Said
2020 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Gandhi Peace Prize: Jury Members

The jury of the Gandhi peace prize comprises the prime minister of India, the chief justice of India, the leader of the single largest opposition party in Lok Sabha, and two eminent members who decide the awardee. The term of the jury is 3 years. The prime minister of India, the chief justice of India, and the leader of the single largest position party in Lok Sabha are the permanent members of the jury, while the eminent members retire and reappointment is also applicable. The Prime minister of India is the head of the jury of the Gandhi peace prize. If the PM is not available the remaining members of the jury decide on the preceding officer when needed. The majority of the jury is needed to decide the award for Gandhi peace. No protest can be made against the jury’s decision once the decision is final.

Gandhi peace prize award winner in 2020

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the winner of the Gandhi peace prize 2020. He was the President of Bangladesh and he was also the second prime minister of Bangladesh. He was considered to be The pioneer of Bangladesh’s independence. He was the father of the present prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. He was famous for his 6 movements in favor of the disbandment of Pakistan province. The 6 plan was also titled ‘our charter of survival’. In 2020, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was declared the Gandhi peace prize awarded to celebrate his 100th birth anniversary. His contribution to Bangladesh is bringing stability to the nation inspiring, the liberation of Bangladesh, and laying the foundation for the close relations between India and Bangladesh.

FAQs on Gandhi Peace prize

1. Who won the Gandhi peace prize in 2020?
Ans. Mujibur Rahman was awarded the Gandhi peace prize in 2020 by the government of India. He was awarded for his contribution to the independence of Bangladesh.

2. What is the international Gandhi peace award?
Ans. The international Gandhi peace award is an annual prize given by the Government of India to individuals or institutes for their contribution to the society in economic, social, and political growth through nonviolence and Gandhian methods.

3. Why was the Gandhi peace prize launched in 1995?
Ans. Gandhi peace prize was launched in 1995 by the government of India to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

4. Who is the chairman of the jury of the Gandhi peace prize?
Ans. The chairman of the Gandhi peace prize is the prime minister of India Sh Narendra Modi. The jury of the Gandhi peace prize consists of the prime minister of India, the chief justice of India, and the leader of the single largest opposition party in Lok Sabha as the permanent members.

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