International Gandhi Peace Prize


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International Gandhi Peace Prize

The Government of India launched the International Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a very prestigious Award and carries an amount of 10 million rupees, a citation and a Plaque. The Award is selected by a Jury under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
      This is an annual award given to individuals and institutions for their outstanding contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods for amelioration of human suffering particularly of the less privileged sections of the society, contributing social justice and harmony.



Year Recipient Work
1995 Julius Nyerere (Tanzania) First President of Tanzania
1996 A. T. Ariyaratne (Sri Lanka) Founder of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement
1997 Gerhard Fischer (Germany) German diplomat, recognised for his work against leprosy and polio
1998 Ramakrishna Mission (India) Founded by Swami Vivekananda for promoting social welfare, tolerance, and non-violence among disadvantaged groups
1999 Dr Murlidhar Devidas Amte (Baba Amte) (India) Social worker, known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy
2000 Nelson Mandela & Grameen Bank of Bangladesh (South Africa & Bangladesh) Former President of South Africa & Founded by Muhammad Yunus
2001 John Hume (Northern Ireland) Northern Irish Politician
2002 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (India) Educational trust that emphasises Indian culture
2003 Václav Havel (Czech Republic) Last President of Czechoslovakia and first President of the Czech Republic
2004 Coretta Scott King (USA) Activist and civil rights leader. Wife of Martin Luther King.
2005 Desmond Tutu (South Africa) South African cleric and activist
2013 Chandi Prasad Bhatt (India) Environmentalist, social activist and pioneer of the Chipko movement



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