Bangabandhu Gets Gandhi Peace Prize 2020, Sultan Qaboos Chosen For 2019

by Arun Kumar Das - Mar 23, 2021 11:05 AM +05:30 IST
Bangabandhu Gets Gandhi Peace Prize  2020, Sultan Qaboos Chosen For 2019Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and HM Sultan Qaboos of Oman.
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  • The jury for the Gandhi Peace Prize is chaired by the Prime Minister and comprises two ex-officio members, namely the Chief Justice of India and Leader of the single largest Opposition party in Lok Sabha.

The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2019 is being conferred on (Late) His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, while the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2020 is being conferred on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Gandhi Peace Prize is an annual award instituted by the Government of India since 1995, the 125th Birth Anniversary commemoration year of Mahatma Gandhi.

The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or sex.

The award carries an amount of Rs 1 crore, a citation, a plaque and an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.

The Jury for the Gandhi Peace Prize is chaired by the Prime Minister and comprises two ex-officio members, namely the Chief Justice of India and Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha.

Two eminent members are also part of the jury, namely the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation Bindeshwar Pathak.

The jury met on 19 March 2021 and after due deliberations, unanimously decided to select (Late) HM Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said as the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2019, in recognition of his outstanding contributions for social, economic and political transformation through non-violent and other Gandhian methods.

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was a visionary leader whose twin policy of moderation and mediation in addressing international issues won him praise and respect across the globe.

He played an important role in supporting peace efforts in various regional disputes and conflicts. HM Sultan Qaboos was the architect of the special ties between India and Oman.

He studied in India and always maintained a special relationship with the country.

Under his leadership, India and Oman became strategic partners and our mutually beneficial, comprehensive partnership strengthened and scaled newer heights.

Modi had recalled the contribution of HM Sultan Qaboos to India-Oman ties when he passed away by saying that he was “a true friend of India and provided strong leadership for developing a strategic partnership between India and Oman”.

The Prime Minister had also remembered him as a “visionary leader and statesman” and a “beacon of peace for our region and the world.”

The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2020 is being conferred on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

PM Modi has said that Bangabandhu was a champion of human rights and freedom, and is a hero to Indians as well.

He also said that the legacy and inspiration of Bangabandhu has made the heritage of both countries more comprehensive and deep-rooted, and that the path shown by Bangabandhu has laid a strong foundation for the partnership, progress and prosperity of both countries over the last decade.

As Bangladesh celebrates Mujib Borsho, India is honoured to be commemorating his legacy jointly with the Government of Bangladesh and its people.

The Gandhi Peace Prize recognises the immense and unparalleled contribution of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in inspiring the liberation of Bangladesh, bringing stability to a nation born out of strife, laying the foundation for the close and fraternal relations between India and Bangladesh, and promoting peace and non-violence in the Indian subcontinent.

The past awardees include luminaries like Dr Julius Nyerere, Former President of Tanzania; Dr Gerhard Fischer, Federal Republic of Germany; Ramakrishna Mission; Baba Amte (Murlidhar Devidas Amte); Late Dr. Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa; Grameen Bank of Bangladesh; Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa; Chandi Prasad Bhatt and Indian Space Research Organisation.

Recent awardees include Vivekananda Kendra, India (2015); Akshaya Patra Foundation, India, and Sulabh International (Jointly, for 2016); Ekal Abhiyan Trust, India (2017) and Yohei Sasakawa, Japan (2018).

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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