Satyarthi's big respect accepted....but why Mahatma Gandhi never ever got coveted Nobel Prize?

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Kailash Satyarthi
Friday was a big day because two person one from India and another from Pakistan got noble award for their extraordinary feat. Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot by Taliban received the Nobel Peace Prize along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, who rescued many children from savage. The award has been bestowed at a time when relation between India and Pakistan has hit the nadir.

Both the countries were flexing muscle over ceasefire violations in Kashmir. Though, latest report says that guns have fallen silent now but whether that is due to this special moment or something else, that is yet not confirmed from either of sides.

Till 1960, the Nobel was awarded exclusively to Europeans and Americans

Both activists well deserved the award as both through their act shown valor, courage and out of way approach which ultimately helped the humankind. Undoubtedly, their achievement is incredible and laudable one. But what i believe that whenever something happens it encourages one to think the different contour related with the particular event.

Why no Nobel to Mahatma Gandhi?

At a time when Indian media and even people from across the globe are going gaga over this achievement of Kailash Satyarthi, a big pertinent question arises. Why father of nation Mahatma Gandhi never ever got coveted Nobel Award, despite nominated five times for the same?

Mahatma Gandhi who till today, even after 66 years of his death, continues to be the strongest symbol of non-violence and peace across the world. But it is really intriguing why he was not bestowed the award in his lifetime. Wasn't his deed fall under that 'extraordinary category' so that he could be considered for one of the greatest accolade.

Though, it is being said that in later years, members of the Nobel Committee publicly regretted about their act. And trying to make it up, in 1989, when Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Dalai Lama, they even termed it a tribute to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

After Satyarthi's nobel award when asked about the whole matter, a Norwegian historian named Oivind Stenersen as quoted by wall street Journal said, "It's always had a guilty conscience because Gandhi didn't get the prize and we know the committee has been looking for an Indian for quite some time".

The Journal further writes that in 1937 when Gandhi was first first nominated, one of the committees was highly critical about him. He as quoted by Journal said, "Mr. Gandhi was not a "real politician or proponent of international law, not primarily a humanitarian relief worker and not an organizer of international peace congresses."

The IBN writes that three incidences of Mahatma's lifetime I.e Chauri Chaura, Partition and the 1947 India-Pakistan conflict might have worked against him and moreover till 1960, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded almost exclusively to Europeans and Americans.

The news portal further writes, "it is possible that the horizon of the Norwegian Nobel Committee was too narrow at that point of time to appreciate the struggle for freedom among non-European peoples or maybe the committee members were afraid to make a prize award which might be detrimental to the relationship between their own country and Great Britain". Though i personally believe that the stature of our father of nation was way above this award. He was and always be greatest hero of our country.

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