Why Mahatma Gandhi never won the Nobel Prize?

Avatar

/ published 10 months ago

Why Mahatma Gandhi never won the Nobel Prize?

Mahatma Gandhi, widely regarded as one of the great champions of non-violent struggle, has never won the Nobel prize for Peace. He was selected five time, in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and 1948. But he has never won it. The omission has been publicly regretted by later members of the Nobel Committee

Nobel Prizes cannot be revoked. With that in mind, Nobel judges must put a lot of thought into their selections. While a discovery looks and seems as groundbreaking today, will it stand the test of time. Or will it get scrutinized down the line?

Mahatma Gandhi, widely regarded as one of the great champions of non-violent struggle, has never won the Nobel prize for Peace. He was selected five time, in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and 1948. But he has never won it. The omission has been publicly regretted by later members of the Nobel Committee. For example, when Dalai Lama was awarded the Peace Prize in 1989, the chairman of the committee said it was “in part a tribute to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.



The peace prize committee rarely concedes a mistake, eventually acknowledged that not awarding Gandhi was an omission.

Reasons for not winning

There are several questions that have been asked frequently when Mahatma Gandhi is considered. The common questions include “Was the horizon of the Norwegian Nobel Committee too narrow”, “Were the members unable to appreciate the struggle for freedom among non-European people”, “Were they perhaps afraid to make a prize award which might be detrimental to the relationship between Norway and Great Britain”. With that in mind, here are some reasons people of the committee have said regarding why Gandhi never won the prize.

- While Gandhi is undoubtedly a good and noble person, a prominent man who is deservedly honored and loved by the masses, there are sharp turns in his policies. Some of them can hardly be satisfactorily explained by his followers. For example, he is a freedom fighter and a dictator, an idealist and a nationalist. He is frequently a Christ, but then, suddenly, an ordinary politician (1937)

- Gandhi was too much of an Indian nationalist. One might say that it is significant that his well-known struggle in South Africa was on behalf of the Indians only, and not of the blacks who living conditions were even worse



- While plenty of good things could be said about Gandhi, we should remember that he is not only an apostle for peace, he is first and foremost a patriot. We have to bear in mind he is not naïve. He is an excellent jurist and a lawyer

- Just before the India – Pakistan war Gandhi told this to prayer meeting “Though he had always opposed all warfare, if there was no other way of securing justice from Pakistan and if Pakistan persistently refused to see its proved error and continued to minimise it, the Indian Union Government would have to go to war against it. No one wanted war, but he could never advise anyone to put up with injustice. If all Hindus were annihilated for a just cause he would not mind. If there was war, the Hindus in Pakistan could not be fifth columnists. If their loyalty lay not with Pakistan they should leave it. Similarly Muslims whose loyalty was with Pakistan should not stay in the Indian Union."

- Last, but not least, while the committee considered giving him a posthumous award after his passing, the explanation was that there “Gandhi did not belong to an organization, he left no property behind, and no will. So, who should receive the Prize money”?

From Around the Web

Related Videos

People
48 laws of power
youtube icon
29:19
Social +1

You probably have heard the saying “hate the game, not the player”. Well, this video exposes the game and the players in a funny, animated, and very real way.The book “...

  • 383
  • 2 weeks ago
  • 9(1)
Political
Nicolae Ceausescu
youtube icon
53:07

Many modern dictators are compared to Nicolae Ceausescu, who the general secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989. He was the last Communist leader of Roma...

  • 198
  • 2 weeks ago
  • Not Rated

Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisor...

  • 322
  • 1 month ago
  • Not Rated
People
gay rights movement
youtube icon
44:44
Social +1

The battle over gay rights is the first great fight for freedom in the 21st century. It has moved ahead of battles over civil rights for African Americans, and equal rights f...

  • 460
  • 1 month ago
  • Not Rated
Related Articles
After more than 70 years, Japan and Russia are closing in on a peace treaty. Japan Prime-Minister Shinzo Abe recently sa...
  • 159
  • 3 weeks ago
The island is located in Isla Mujeres Bay near Cancun city in Mexico. It has a three-storey house with two bedrooms, a k...
  • 512
  • 3 months ago
The new neuron exists only in humans. It is not found in rodents, which are frequently used as model species in neurosci...
  • 894
  • 3 months ago
Some have heard his name, some have not. But we have all seen or know about the Great Wave of Kanagawa, simply called ...
  • 703
  • 5 months ago