Gandhi Peace Prize

Gandhi Peace Prize

News: Gita Press, Gorakhpur, one of the world's largest publishers, has refused to accept the Rs 1 crore cash reward for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021 amid a controversy over being picked for the honour.

What is Gandhi Peace Prize award?
 The Gandhi Peace Prize is an annual award instituted in 1995, on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi 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 Rs 1 crore, a citation, a plaque and a traditional handicraft or handloom item. The award is conferred by the President of India at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
 Recent awardees include Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, Oman (2019) and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (2020), Bangladesh.

About Gita Press:
 Established in 1923 by Jaya Dayal Goyandka and Hanuman Prasad Poddar, Gita Press is one of the world’s largest publishers of Hindu religious texts, having published 41.7 crore books in 14 languages, including 16.21 crore copies of Shrimad Bhagvad Gita.
 Gita Press also runs a monthly magazine called Kalyan, which covers topics such as spirituality, culture, history, ethics and morality.

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