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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Mahatma Gandhi & Nobel Prize

While scanning through the Landmark Quiz - 2005 questions , a question on Gandhi got me thinking about this. Its most surprising that the embodiment of peace & non-violence (Mahatma Gandhi), was never awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Though he was nominated 5 times , he never got it .

I found this really interesting article on the Nobel Prize official website which talks about why he missed out everytime. His best chance was perhaps in 1948 but unfortunately he was assasinated in the same year and the nobel committee decided against giving a posthumous award. In fact the 1948 Nobel Peace Prize was not given to anyone as there was " no suitable living candidate" . The article also suggests that had Gandhi been alive he would have most likely won the Prize in 1948.

Some people become great because of the Prize bestowed on them, some prizes become great because of the people who receive it .Nobel Prize lost that chance .


  • Don't they give awards posthumously?

    a news to me...... it is a sad fact that he was not awarded. (eventhough, the entire world knows about his efforts for peace)

    By Blogger Ram C, at 10:37 AM  

  • Cool..Why to give that to a person who didnt have any vision about future of Free India. See it took 50 years to come here(still developing) because of Independence but a war hit nations like Germany and Japan are still ahead.

    By Blogger gormandizer, at 10:43 PM  

  • Ram.c -- its strange he never got the nobel prize.

    gorm -- To blame Gandhi for that is ludicrous ..

    By Blogger Cogito, at 1:27 PM  

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