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International Gandhi Peace Prize

As a tribute to the ideals espoused by Mahatma Gandhi, the Government of India had 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 Rs.10 million, a citation and a Plaque. The Award for every year is selected by a Jury under the Chairmanship of the Prime Ministe

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 sufferings particularly of the less privileged sections of the society, contributing social justice and harmony. The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, creed or sex. Normally recent works achieved during 10 years immediately preceding the nomination are considered. Older work may also be considered if its significance has become apparent only recently. A written work, in order to be eligible for consideration should have been published during the last ten years.

The nominations are invited from various eminent persons and institutions every year mentioned in code of procedure.

Since, its institution, the Award has been conferred on the following eminent persons / institutions:

Desmond Tutu

South African cleric and activist
2005

Mrs. Coretta Scott King

The widow of Martin Luther King
2004

Mr. Vaclav Havel

Former President of Czechoslovakia and
first President of the Czech Republic

2003

Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan

Educational Trust that emphasized Indian culture
2002

Mr. John Hume-Ireland

Nothern Irish Politician
2001

Grameen Bank (co-recipient)

Founded by Muhammad Yunus
2000

Dr. Nelson Mandela & Grameen Bank of Bangladesh

Former President of South Africa
2000

Shri Murlidhar Devidas Amte (Baba Amte), India

1999

Ramakrishna Mission, India

1998

Dr. Gerhard Fischer

Former German Diplomat
1997

Dr. A. T. Ariyaratane

President, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka
1996

Dr. Julius K. Nyerere

Former President of Tanzania
1995