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Nobel for Gandhiji

The failure of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award Mahatma Gandhi the Nobel Prize for Peace ("Gandhi not getting the Nobel was biggest omission: award committee," Oct. 17) has in no way diminished his stature.

The Nobel would not have done anything to enhance his greatness either. Now that we are aware of the considerations that prevented the award of Peace Nobel to Gandhiji, I feel the Committee was not competent to honour him. The Mahatma deserves much more than a prize — a permanent place in the hearts of Indians.

Kuppuswamy Thiyagarajan,
Chennai

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Even if Gandhiji had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, one wonders whether he would have accepted an award instituted by the inventor of dynamite!

The Nobel Committee need not regret his omission hereafter.

I.B.R. Ragupathi Raja,
Rajapalayam, T.N.

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When the Indian Government has not conferred the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, on Gandhiji, why worry about the Nobel Prize?

H.N. Ramakrishna,
Bangalore

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The prize would have been a redundancy or would have had, at best, a nominal value.

T. Karthikeyan,
Madurai

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Gandhiji richly deserved a place among the Nobel laureates for advocating non-violence.

But the fact that he is being revered today as one of the greatest figures of the 20th century is a matter of consolation.

Clarence Fernandes,
Mangalore

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