Declare Mahatma Gandhi Honorary Nobel Peace Laureate

"Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) has become the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century. It is widely held – in retrospect – that the Indian national leader should have been the very man to be selected for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated several times, but was never awarded the prize. Why?"
(Nobel.org Gandhi The Missing Laureate).

Mahatma Gandhi was nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize (1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, 1948, just before his assassination). He is the father of nonviolent resistance and his Satyagraha - Truth Force - peaceful campaigns against illegitimate laws. He campaigned against racial injustice in South Africa, and then against British colonialism and injustice in India. He is the father of independent India, succeeding through his Satyagraha philosophy against British colonialism.

Several of Gandhi's "disciples" - Martin Luther King, Jr., Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Desmond Tutu, the (14th) Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, and even Nelson Mandela - were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. They all employed his philosophy of Satyagraha.

We petition the Nobel Organization to declare Gandhi, posthumously, Honorary Nobel Peace Laureate. To let the World know that nonviolence is a powerful tool to resist injustice; to educate and promote nonviolence and peace among children, youth, and the public in general. To show the World that nonviolence fosters friendship, while violence simply leads to more violence with unending suffering.

This poweful message of Peace and Nonviolence is needed at his time when the World is facing an increase in the number of wars and violent conflicts.

To the Nobel Organization, we ask you to declare Mahatma Gandhi Honorary Nobel Peace Laureate. It is the right thing to do.

(Refer "Mahatma Gandhi, the Missing Laureate". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 13 Oct 2013. )

23 July 2014

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