Peace Prize: A ‘Noble’ ceremony?

Alfred Bernhard Nobel could not have asked for more. In the age of war and terrorism, the word peace holds no place, but every year “Nobel Peace Prize” is bequeathed.

Alfred Nobel, the founder of Peace Prize Committee, wrote in his will that Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who “…shall 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.”

The recent history of the peace prize committee is focused on promoting western values. The Norwegian committee that selects the winners has consistently given the prize to politicians who have brokered temporary cessation of hostilities. This year, the laurel of chief peacemaker for 2010 went to the Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, who was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment by his homeland for “inciting subversion of state power.”  The People’s Republic of China, a totalitarian nation, may perhaps not happily accept anyone raising voice against the Government.

Chinese govt however states that this whole thing is a Western plot against Beijing and the Nobel Prize has been used to take aim at Chinese ideology. China also feels that the West has shown great creativity in conspiring against them. House arrest is definitely a harsh punishment but to the West it seems even more.

Liu Xiaobo is a “human rights” activist and president of the Chinese PEN, which is funded and supported by the United States Congress. This probably shows that the West has their vested interest in awarding Liu the Peace Prize. He remains to be America’s favourite as he supported the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. This clearly shows that Liu just claims to be a human rights defender. Adding more to this love, President Obama announced in Peace Prize ceremony 2010, “Mr. Liu Xiaobo is far more deserving of this award than I was.” He also urges China to free Liu Xiaobo.

The Norwegian committee however has continued to stick to its chosen path. Their focus remains on promoting western values which is contrary to the wishes of Alfred Nobel. Therefore, it seems there is a dire need to educate the committee so that they can carry out this ceremony in a “noble” way.

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