Nomination for Noble Prize

A red flag around Nobel news should warn us not to get carried away by nominations because everyone and his aunt can send nominations to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Just last year, as many as 210 individuals, including the twice-impeached former President Trump and 107 organisations were in the running for the coveted prize, which went, mercifully, to the World Food Programme. No one can be more at peace than after a good meal and to the credit of WFP it combated hunger while “acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”.
Ironically, Donald Trump once again has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. This development comes after he helped to broker peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reported Fox News. The nomination for the US president has been submitted by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament. He lauded Trump for his efforts toward resolving protracted conflicts worldwide. In a conflicted world, differences of opinion often rage over the Nobel Peace Prize, which sometimes went to those like Barack Obama who kept his country’s troops in war zones. A healthy cynicism over the Peace Prize reigns in India because the world’s greatest apostle of peace and the progenitor of satyagraha was never awarded one.  Mahatma Gandhi was nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947 and 1948. But he was not awarded with this award because he was assassinated in 1948 and Nobel Prize is not awarded posthumously. How does history reconcile to the fact that Mahatma Gandhi is not a Nobel Laureate? But if Black Lives Matter or Greta Thunberg were to receive the 2021 Peace Nobel, we might just conclude that the world is not such a bad place, after all.
There is not just a gender bias in Nobel Prizes glaring at us — there is a Western bias, too. 81% of Nobel laureates have been people from Europe, U.S., and Canada; since the prize's inception, there have been only 17 African winners — of which only seven were from outside South Africa. The 59-year-old author Jean-Paul Sartre declined the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he was awarded in October 1964. He said he always refused official distinctions and did not want to be “institutionalised”. 

- Prabhakar Purandare

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