Chinmoy – His quest for the Nobel Peace Prize

Chimmoy had been trying to win the Nobel Peace Prize and eventually died in 2007 from a heart attack in New York. Ever since his devotees have been diffusing information that he would have been nominated for this prize by some individuals . This could be true but must be put in perspective .

First of all being nominated is very easy but being short listed as a possible candidate is much more difficult ; not to say to win the Nobel .

The list of the candidate that were on the short list is only known to the public 50 years after the Nobel was awarded.

It is a relatively unknown fact that Sri Aurobindo was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize—first for Nobel in Literature in 1943 and second time for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. And this was known by the public only in 1993 and 2000.

It is the Nobel comittee who accepts the nominations , or rejects them, not the Tabloids or some Guru devotees .

Adolph Hitler was nominated in 1939. The recommendation came from Erik Gottfrid Christian Brandt , a social democratic member of the Swedish parliament.Brandt was an anti-fascist, and had meant the letter to be ironic.

So to come back to Ghose it is not impossible that he was on the short list , he had been meeting , or trying to meet important people regardless of their background , tyrants like Robert Mugabe , Khin Nyunt , king like Sinoehoen, king of Surakarta or more charismatic people like Desmond Tutu . Some of these people were certainly ask to write recommandation letters to Nobel Commitee or possibly bribed to do so

In 1973 Lê Đức Thọ became the first and only person ever to voluntarily refuse a Nobel Peace Prize. The prize had been awarded jointly to Tho, a North Vietnamese politician and diplomat, and U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for their work negotiating a ceasefire in the Vietnam War.

Patrick B.

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