The International Gandhi Peace
Prize was instituted by the Government of India on the occasion of
125th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, for
social, economic and political transformation
through non-violence and other Gandhian methods.
The Prize is to be awarded for contributions made
by a person or an institution who worked selflessly
towards social, economic and political
transformation through non-violence and other
Gandhian means, for the amelioration of human
suffering particularly of the less privileged
sections of the society contributing towards social
justice and harmony, irrespective of whether he
holds a high public office or not.
The award is
open to all persons regardless of nationality,
race, Creed or sex. Achievements upto 10 years
preceding the nomination, shall be considered.
Older work may be considered if its significance
has become apparent only recently. A written work,
in order to be eligible for consideration should
have been published.
The Award carries an amount of Rs.10 million
(convertible in foreign currency) a Citation and
Since its institution,
the Award has been conferred on
Dr.Julius K.Nyerere, former President of Tanzania in
Dr.A.T.Ariyaratane, President of Sarvodaya
Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka in 1996,
Dr.Gerhard Fisher, a former German diplomat in 1997,
The Ramkrishna Mission, in 1998.
Shri Murlidhar Devidas Amte (Baba Amte), India, has
been chosen for the Award in 1999.