Gandhi Peace Prize
Context: The Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021 will be conferred on Gita Press, Gorakhpur, one of the largest publishers of religious texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and the Upanishads.
News Source: The Hindu
- The decision to confer the award on Gita Press was taken by a jury headed by Prime Minister.
- The annual Gandhi Peace Prize was instituted in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
- It is an annual award as a tribute to the ideals espoused by Mahatma Gandhi.
- The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or gender.
- The award carries an amount of ₹1 crore, a citation, a plaque and an exquisite handicraft or handloom item.
- Previous awardees: Indian Space Research Organisation, Ramakrishna Mission, Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari and Sulabh International, environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt, social worker Baba Amte.
- Foreigner awardees: Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh.