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The Hypocrisy of the Nobel Prize
While Alfred Nobel had good intentions in the creation of the prize, the Nobel Prize has become a sick joke with the revelation that the father of modern India Mahatma Gandhi was bypassed in favour of Hitler and Stalin in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
AL GORE DESERVES to be congratulated for having received the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet the time has come to discuss the reality of the Nobel Peace Prize and other Prizes. While Alfred Nobel used the proceeds from the invention of dynamite to fund such prizes with good intentions, the Nobel Prize is a joke in poor taste.
According to a documentary by the BBC, three people were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in the 1930’s and 1940’s. They were Hitler, Stalin, and Gandhi. Gandhi was bypassed by the Nobel Committee in favour of Hitler and Stalin for their ‘efforts in promoting peace in Europe with the Pact of 1939’. In other words, the Nobel Prize Committee wanted to award Hitler and Stalin the Nobel Peace Prize for dividing up Central Europe in 1939 and for the destruction of Poland and the Baltic states.
A man of peace and the founding father of the modern state of India, Mahatma Gandhi, was bypassed in favour of two European murderers.
The Nobel Prize for Literature is another example of hypocrisy. Jorge Luis Borges, an author from Argentina, whose contribution to the literary world places him among the illustrious, such as Thomas Mann, was never awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Even though Jorge Luis Borges opposed Argentinean President Juan Peron (1946-1955; 1973-1974), his comments about the military junta ruling Argentina (1976-1983) marked him as an individual who would never receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
One member of the Nobel Committee for Literature even commented: “Jorge Luis Borges could be the best writer but he will never receive a Nobel Prize for Literature”. Where did all of the objectivity of the Nobel Prize go?
The Nobel Prize should be objective and be awarded to people on the basis of merit. People who deserve the Nobel Prize for Peace are the following:
1. SM The King Father Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia for promoting peace through dialogue and culture.
2. The Monks of Myanmar (Burma) for standing up to a military junta that has destroyed a nation.
3. Fundacion Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet Foundation) by Colombian Rock Star Shakira. Shakira (through her foundation) has helped Colombians with low income receive education, nutrition, hope for a better life and tried improve their welfare, when the politicians (including guerrillas) have done the opposite.
4. Alejandro Sanz, Illapu, Mana, Bono, U2, Aterciopelados, Julieta Venegas, Santana - in their effort to promote peace through their foundations and their music
5. The Mexican Rock Star Alondra also deserves to be a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against Poverty in cooperation with Bono and U2.
6. Sonia Deol of BBC Asian Network, Teresa Baugh, DDS, Marcia De Barros, RN, Neda Oqueli, RN - for their efforts and for promoting peace and improvement of the general welfare of the world in which they live in.
These are the peacemakers of today’s world who deserve to be honoured.
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