Gandhi Peace Prize

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The Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021 will be conferred on Gita Press, Gorakhpur.

About Gandhi Peace Prize: 

  • It is an annual award instituted by the Government of India in 1995,
  • It was instituted 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 an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.
  • The prize can be given to institutions, individuals and organisations.
  • Recent awardees include Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, Oman (2019) and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (2020), Bangladesh.

Key facts about Gita Press

  • It was established in 1923, Gita Press is one of the world’s largest publishers, having published 41.7 crore books in 14 languages, including 16.21 crore Shrimad Bhagvad Gita.
  • In recognition of its outstanding contribution towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violent and other Gandhian methods.


Q1) What is Satyagraha?

Satyagraha means "truth force" or "soul force." It is a philosophy and method of nonviolent resistance developed by Gandhi. Satyagraha involves the use of nonviolent protests, civil disobedience, and the power of truth to challenge injustice and bring about social change.

Source: Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021 to be conferred on Gita Press, Gorakhpur