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IS THIS TRUE? Nobel Peace Prize ( Obama = 1 / Gandhi = 0)

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10/10/2011 11:49 AM
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IS THIS TRUE? Nobel Peace Prize ( Obama = 1 / Gandhi = 0)
"Gandhi was nominated for the award five times -- in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and 1948.

Under the rules governing the award of the Nobel Peace Prize, there was nothing to preclude the posthumous conferral of the award, though the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s own deliberations appear to have muddled the issue. On 30 January 1948, Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse; that year, six nominations were received on Gandhi’s behalf.

On November 18th, the committee, in a public pronouncement, declared that it had found “no suitable living candidate” for the award, thereby implying that that it was not empowered to confer posthumous awards. To be sure, there were practical questions as to who -- one or more of his sons, and their families; or Navajivan Publishing House, which was charged with publishing Gandhi’s writings; or any of the numerous institutions which received Gandhi’s blessings -- would inherit the award if it were given to Gandhi, who was on the shortlist in 1948; but this cannot have been a principal consideration in denying Gandhi the award.

If, as is true, a posthumous award had never been conferred previously, here was certainly more than good cause to create a new precedent. There hadn’t been anyone quite of the stature of Gandhi before the committee’s considerations either, so in every respect the committee was called upon to be thoughtful and creative. That was, evidently, asking too much of the committee.

And so it is that Gandhi was never conferred the Nobel Peace Prize."

source: [link to www.sscnet.ucla.edu]

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