Friday, October 7, 2011

Pieces of Peace

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkul Karman are the winners of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. The women were recognized "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work". The committees decision was intended to bring attention to the world about suppression towards women and to instil faith in the society for women. Applaudible isn't it?? Especially because of the challenges women face in middle east and Africa.

Well looks like until the next American President is elected rest of the peace makers in the world will be awarded in batches of 3. This year for women, next year for gay activists probably, the coming year for american army for restoring peace in middle east. By then the next American president will be ready to receive the 'default award' many presidents has been receiving. Sarah Palin last week announced she will not contest for American Presidency, that would have been a huge sigh of relief for the Nobel peace prize committee. What explanation could they give if they had to award a gun carrying wild mom from Alaska as peacemaker?? You will be amazed to see there are 4 American Presidents in the nobel peace maker's list. Obama in 2009 winning the nobel peace prize for ____. (this blank space is still being researched by universities across the world)

A few deserving candidates were rightly honoured like Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King, Henry Kissinger, Liu Xiaobo last year being my best pick of the list. Not only its a recognition of their struggle against either a populist \ democratic \ capitalist \ political agenda.
Its also for the next generation to look up to these people as a role model to tackle similar situations.

Even human beings make mistake and so do the committee sometimes (wink). Something like the case of our father of the nation 'Mahatma Gandhi' a mistake from which Nobel Peace Prize can never ever recover. Though later on Mother Theresa and Dalai Lama were notably and rightfully awarded (to satisfy the Indian Quota) elusion of Gandhiji still haunts many.

Link for nobel prize winner, if you are interested ;
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/index.html

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