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International Gandhi Peace Prize



The International Gandhi Peace Prize was instituted by the Government of India on October 2, 1994 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to encourage and promote Gandhian values world-wide. It carries a cash amount of Rs. one crore. The Award is decided by a five-member jury headed by the Prime Minister.

The first ever Gandhi Prize was given to Dr Julius K.Nyerere, former President of Tanzania in 1995. The other recipients include Dr A.T.Ariyaratne of Sri Lanka (1996), Dr Gerhard Fischer (1997) and the Ramakrishna Mission (1998). The 1999 Award was conferred on the Gandhian and noted social worker, Baba Amte, for his exemplary work for treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients and his concept of the "Shramik Vidyapeeth". Thereafter the award was given to Nelson Mandela and Grameen Bank founded by Muhammad Yunus (2000), John Hume (2001), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (2002), Vaclav Havel (2003), Coretta Scott King (2004) and Desmond Tutu (2005, but awarded in 2007).

Indira Gandhi Award For Peace, Disarmament And Development

The Award was instituted in 1986 by Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust and carries a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and a plaque. The 2010 Award was given to the outgoing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Mr. Lula was selected for the award by an international jury chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ``Lula has championed the cause of the global south and has worked to strengthen bonds among the developing countries;his priority from the start was inclusive growth and the consolidation and expansion of social programmes"noted the release.

A galaxy of international personalities has been given the Indira Gandhi Prize since its inception, which include 'Parliamentarians for Global Action', an international organisation of Parliamentarians (1986), Mikhail Gorbachev (1987), Gro Harlem Brundtland (1988), UNICEF (1989), Sam Nujoma (1990), Rajiv Gandhi (1991-posthumous), Saburo Okita (1992), Vaclav Havel (1993), Trevor Huddleston (1994), Olusegun Obasanjo (1995), M�decins Sans Fronti�res (1996), Jimmy Carter (1997), Muhammad Yunus (1998), M.S.Swaminathan (1999), Mary Robinson (2000), Sadako Ogata (2001), Shridath Ramphal (2002), Kofi Annan (2003), Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (2004), Hamid Karzai (2005), Wangari Maathai (2006), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2007), Mohamed ElBaradei (2008), Sheikh Hasina (2009),  Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva  (2010), Ela Bhatt (2011) and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2012).
  The 2013 Award was conferred on the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Jawaharlal Nehru Award For International Understanding

The Award was instituted by Government of India to be given annually for outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill and friendship among the peoples of the world. The Award is administered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The Award carries prize money of 1 crore besides a trophy and citation. (convertible into foreign currency). The Award is made by a Jury appointed by Government of India for this purpose. The Jury consists of seven eminent Indians including Vice President of India, Chief Justice of India who are ex-officio members. The Vice President is the Chairman of the Jury.

The previous recipients of the Award are U Thant (1965), Martin Luther King Jr (1966-presented posthumously), Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1967), Yehudi Menuhin (1968), Mother Teresa (1969), Kenneth D. Kaunda (1970), Josip Broz Tito (1971), Andre Mairaux (1972), Julius k. Nyerere (1973), Raul Prebisch (1974), Jonas Salk (1975), Giuseppe Tucci (1976), Tulsi Meherji Shrestha (1977), Nichidatsu Fujli (1978), Nelson Mandela (1979), Barbara Ward (1980), Alva and Gunnar Myrdal (jointly-1981), Leopold Sedar Senghor (1982), Bruno Kreisky (1983), Indira Gandhi (1984-posthumously), Olaf Palme (1985-posthumously), 1986 (not awarded), Javier Perez de Cueller (1987), Yasser Arafat (1988), Robert Gabriel Mugabe (1989), Helmut Kohl (1990), Aruna Asaf Ali (1991), Maurice F.Strong (1992), Aung San Suu Kyi (1993), Mahatir bin Mohammad (1994), Hosni Mubarak (1995), Goh Chok Tong (2003), Sultan Qaboos Bin Said al Said (2004), Wangari Muta Maathai (2005), Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2006), Olafur Ragnar Grimsson of Iceland (2007) and Dr. (Mrs.) Angela Dorothea Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009).


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