Mahatma Gandhi | Nobel Prize Controversy

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Mahatma Gandhi | Nobel Prize Controversy

M K Gandhi – “a role model for the generations to come” (Albert Einstein on Gandhi)

  • Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize, although he was nominated five times between 1937 and 1948.
  • In 1948 Gandhi received six letters of nomination and was on the short list for the Peace Prize but he was assassinated on 30 January 1948, two days before the closing date for nominations.
  • The Nobel Committee decided against awarding the prize, saying the laureate could only be awarded posthumously if he/she died after the Committee’s decision had been made. Decades later, a Nobel Committee publicly declared its regret for the omission.
  • Geir Lundestad, Secretary of Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2006 said, “The greatest omission in our 106-year history is undoubtedly that Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace prize.
  • Gandhi could do without the Nobel Peace prize, whether Nobel committee can do without Gandhi is the question”.
  • In 1948 (the year of Gandhi’s death) the Nobel Committee made no award, stating “there was no suitable living candidate”.
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