Why the Indian PM should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

Tuesday 20th August 2019 15:37 EDT

The Nobel Foundation

P.O. Box 5232, SE-102 45 Stockholm, Sweden

Street address: Sturegatan 14, Stockholm


Dear Nobel Committee,


I write to encourage your voting committee to nominate Hon. PM Modi of India for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

 For overcoming those who insist on dividing India and thereby for his standing for a secular not religious constitution:

 As the Prime Minister said on his Independence Day Speech:

"Today the country says, one nation, one Constitution. We are committed to realise Patel's dream of 'ek Bharat, shresta Bharat (One India, great India).”

For refusing to make the issue Hindu-Muslim:

As shown by the Prime Minister’s appointment and praise of the chief spokesperson for India on the world stage – the United Nations – a Muslim. Despite Indian and Pakistani commentators constantly in global papers joining forces to portray the PM as religiously divisive, his actions speak for themselves when his appointees and representatives of India are consistently Muslim. 

 For abolishing medieval religious practices – regardless of faith:

As stated by the PM – Hindu practices of sati and dowry are to be condemned, and so are those of divorce by ‘triple talaq’.

 For refusing to let Muslim minority in India (in Kashmir where they are a majority) suffer without investment as they do in Palestine, by ensuring under the Constitution all India can invest in Kashmir to create jobs and so prevent terrorism. 

 By calling out and condemning hate speech which incites violence against Indians from political leaders such as PM Imran Khan. For standing up for Indians globally regardless of their nationality. 

 For not being provoked into hate speech when called a ‘racist Nazi’ by PM Imran Khan who encourages militants and terrorists to rise against India, but PM of India was still willing to engage in dialogue as any peace prize recipient should be willing to do and in doing so he has shown immense restraint and courage. Specifically the words used by the PM of Pakistan (Aug 16th 2019) “The fascist, Hindu supremacist Modi Govt should know that while armies, militants & terrorists can be defeated by superior forces”.

 And through his leadership in restraint ensured that Independence Day events around the world did not see Indians retaliating to the violence they faced. 

 On a personal note: Over the years you may have read oftentimes on these pages my in-laws and their friends generously saying that they are proud of me. Today, I am so proud of them. Some of them, born in what is today Pakistan, some of them, never before at a demonstration supporting India. Some who have lived in the UK for over 30 years. But on 15th August, they came out to stand up to and oppose 'the aggressive people who gathered with their slippers slapping images of the PM of India, who want Kashmir to be illegally acquired by force, by a terrorist ultra-minority, contrary to all history, by Pakistan'. These OAPs, some in ill health, shouted down the 'other side', formed a barrier outside the Indian High Commission. That's the front line. Wait till you get the younger lions and lionesses angered.' So proud of them. Thank you. Pass on your passion.

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