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Gita Press awarded Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021

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Context: Gita Press, Gorakhpur, a prominent publisher of religious texts, has been awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021.


Reason: The award recognises the publishing house’s significant contribution to social, economic, and political transformation through non-violent and Gandhian methods.


About Gita Press 

Gita Press is the world’s largest publisher of Hindu religious texts. It is located in Gorakhpur city of India’s Uttar Pradesh state. It was founded in 1923 by Jaya Dayal Goyanka and Ghanshyam Das Jalan for promoting the principles of Sanatana Dharma.


About the Gandhi Peace Prize:

The annual award was instituted by the Government of India in 1995 during the commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for those involved in social, economic and political transformation through non-violence.
PrizesThe Gandhi Peace Prize carries a reward of Rs. 1 crore along with a Citation, a plaque, and an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item. The prize can be conferred upon individuals, associations, institutions, or organizations.
EligibilityThe award is open to all individuals/Organizations regardless of nationality, creed, race, or sex.
Selection memberThe selection committee for the award is chaired by the Prime Minister and includes members such as the Chief Justice of India, the leader of the single largest Opposition party in the Lok Sabha, the Lok Sabha Speaker, and the founder of Sulabh International.



Previous award:

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the late Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said Al Said were awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2020 and 2019 respectively.