Sunday, October 2, 2022

    Harsh Mander, Alt News co-founders Pratik, Zubair recommended for Noble Peace Prize nominations

    Harsh Mander (R) and John Dayal (second from right) with the family of two lynching victims during the Karwan-e-Mohabbat. Credit: Twitter/Karwan-e-Mohabbat
    File Photo (2017) Harsh Mander (R) and John Dayal (second from right) with the family of two lynching victims during the Karwan-e-Mohabbat. Credit: Twitter/Karwan-e-Mohabbat

    Harsh Mander, social activist and founder of ‘Karwan-e-Mohabbat’ campaign, Pratik Sinha and Mohammed Zubair, co-founders of fact-checking website Alt News were recommended for Noble Peace Price nominations by the directors of Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). PRIO has announced its Henrik Urdal’s 2022 Nobel Peace Prize Shortlist on their official website recently.

    Harsh Mander who launched the campaign ‘Karwan-e-mohabbat’ (which translates ‘Caravan of love’) in 2017 to counter the hate crimes and violence against minorities in India received appreciations for his exemplary humanitarian work for supporting and showing solidarity with the victims of hate crimes, to spread non-violence and unity among the communities. The PRIO on their website stated “Religious extremism helps justify discrimination and violence, and stokes tensions between groups that can result in armed conflict. Making a significant contribution to fighting religious extremism and promoting interreligious dialogue is therefore a compelling rationale for being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. A worthy recipient of such a prize is Harsh Mander“. It also said “Under Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist administration, the situation for Muslims in India has become increasingly difficult and the country has seen numerous incidents of religiously motivated violence.

    Alt News co-founders Mohammed Zubair (Left in picture) and Pratik Sinha (Right in picture)

    The PRIO has also appreciated Pratik Sinha and Mohammed Zubair, co-founders of fact-checking website Alt News, which debunks misinformation and fake news and called them as worthy candidates for Noble Peace Prize, Pratik and Zubair, has been debunking fake news since few years now. The institute in its statement said “Other worthy candidates for a prize focused on combating religious extremism and intolerance in India are Mohammed Zubair and Pratik Sinha, the co-founders of Alt News, a fact-checking site making significant contributions to debunking misinformation aimed at vilifying Muslims in India.

    Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) directors come out with their personal shortlists for the Nobel Peace Prize every year. They have release a list of worthy potential laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Director offers his opinion on the most worthy potential laureates, based on his independent assessment. The PRIO Director’s view on the most worthy potential Nobel Peace Prize laureates is widely covered by international media, and it has been offered since 2002.

    Binalakshmi Nepram, another Indian to be recommended for 2022 Noble Peace Prize nomination was named in the shortlist by World Beyond War’s Nobel Peace Prize Watch (NPPW). Binalakshmi who was born in Imphal, Manipur is a humanitarian, author, and female activist for the advocacy of gender rights and women-led disarmament movements with the objective of arresting gun culture and bringing about peace for her home state of Manipur in particular and northeast India in general.

    The NPPW on its official website wrote: “Binalakshmi Nepram began her activism against private arms and the use of force in the small communities of northeastern India where she was born. From the local and close perspective, Binalaksi has developed a struggle against the world’s weapons of mass destruction and for a culture of peace, and she advocates non-violence for both state and non-state actors. She has founded several organizations, among them the Manipuri Women’s Gun Survivor Network and the Control Arms Foundation of India. “Her achievements offer an inspiring model for activists in other parts of the world”, wrote IPB when it awarded her the Sean McBride prize in 2010.”

    Binalakshmi Nepram (in center) during candle light vigil. (Image : Manipur Women Gun Survivors)

    The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year since 1901 by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to persons or organizations for their efforts and actions for the promotion of peace in the world and considered as most prestigious prize in the world. The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes along with the Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine and Literature. The Noble Prize is awarded to the person who have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses

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