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Last night I was watching CNBC and heard about the Nobel prize committee admitting the mistake for never awarding Nobel prize for peace to the person who has become synonymous to non-violence.

Explanations by Nobel Prize Committee

However, back in 1999 the Nobel prize committee attempted to provide reasons for not awarding the prize to Gandhiji. The article states some reasons for not awarding the prize…

* During the first nomination, the committee’s adviser, professor Jacob Worm-Müller wrote “”sharp turns in his policies, which can hardly be satisfactorily explained by his followers. (…) He is a freedom fighter and a dictator, an idealist and a nationalist. He is frequently a Christ, but then, suddenly, an ordinary politician.”

* “Up to 1960, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded almost exclusively to Europeans and Americans. In retrospect, the horizon of the Norwegian Nobel Committee may seem too narrow. Gandhi was very different from earlier Laureates. He was no real politician or proponent of international law, not primarily a humanitarian relief worker and not an organiser of international peace congresses.”

*” There is no hint in the archives that the Norwegian Nobel Committee ever took into consideration the possibility of an adverse British reaction to an award to Gandhi. Thus it seems that the hypothesis that the Committee’s omission of Gandhi was due to its members’ not wanting to provoke British authorities, may be rejected.” (Which moron would leave such hint recorded in writings?)

Some interesting facts about Nobel prize.

* In 1918 the award Nobel for Chemistry was awarded to Fritz Haber of Germany and the decision was later became controversial as the chemical weapons were developed under the guidance of Haber which was to guide the development of chemical warfare in coming years.

* Leo Tolsoty, one of the all time greatest novelist, had been nominated for thirteen times for his master-piece “War and Peace”, but was never considered good enough for the prize.

*Paul Hermann Müller was awarded Nobel prize for Medicine in 1948 for discovery of the drug called Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane , or infamously known as DDT , which is responsible for the maximum damage to the environment of the earth.

* Mahatma Gandhi was finally shortlisted for the Nobel prize for Peace in 1948 but Gandhiji was assassinated on 3oth January. Hence, the committee did not give any prize for peace that year stating “no suitable living candidate”.

* However, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, a Swedish citizen and elected a member of the Nobel Institute of the Academy, and, in 1907, of the Nobel Committee. In 1912 he was elected permanent secretary of the Academy, was awarded posthumous Nobel prize in 1931.

* Similarly, Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld, a Swedish Diplomat and UN Secretary was also posthumously awarded Nobel prize for Peace after his death in 1961.

* In 1973, the Nobel prize committee awarded Henry A. Kissinger, then the Secretary of State, USA and Le Duc Tho, the Vietnamese General and Diplomat, for “Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam”. However, soon the war broke out and continued for two more years. Le Duc Tho had declined to accept the prize stating that his country was still not at peace.

* In 2006 Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen(Rural) Bank of Bangladesh a deserving person, was given prize in the incorrect category. He was awarded the Nobel prize for Peace for ““for their efforts to create economic and social development from below”

* Up to 1960, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded almost exclusively to Europeans and Americans.

Conclusion

Nobel prizes for time and again have been remained controversial and accused of politically motivated, and Gandhiji did not need recognition , and I am confident even he had been been awarded , he would have refused it.

If now , the prize is awarded posthumously there must be some political ploy behind it. Pygmy politicians and mediocre media will make issues of the same to bake their bread and anyway , in India , today nobody is interested in walking on the Gandhi guided path. So, there is no sense of accepting the prize ,if awarded, as it is worthless.

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