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Why Mahatma Gandhi Did Not get Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize  is one of the five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the 603px-1933_Nobel_Peace_Prize_awarded_to_Norman_AngellSwedish industrialist and inventor  Alfred Nobel. According to Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who

“…shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”

The one man who demonstrated without using any weapons and violent methods one country can win over an empire was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He is a champion of peace, he single handedly started the downfall of the mighty British Empire. Yet it’s still puzzling that he didn’t receive a Nobel peace prize.

Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize, although he was nominated five times between 1937 and 1948, including the first-ever nomination by the American Friends Service Committee,though he made the short list only twice, in 1937 and 1947.Decades later, the Nobel Committee publicly declared its regret for the omission, and admitted to deeply divided nationalistic opinion denying the award. Gandhi was nominated in 1948 but was assassinated before nominations closed. That year, the committee chose not to award the peace prize stating that "there was no suitable living candidate" and later research shows that the possibility of awarding the prize posthumously to Gandhi was discussed and that the reference to no suitable living candidate was to Gandhi. When the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Prize in 1989, the chairman of the committee said that this was "in part a tribute to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi."

It seems like he was denied Nobel prize because of the people for whom he fought for???


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